The “No on 10” campaign is accused of spreading misinformation and some of its supporters are engaging in illegal practices throughout the State of California.
By Garrett Rowlan
Renters around the state are hearing of rate hikes and threats of hikes, while landlords are using the fear that Prop 10 will be passed to raise rents and even issue 60-day eviction notices.
Opponents of Prop 10 claim that the Costa-Hawkins repeal will result in rent control and hurt property owners, and therefore they state they are engaged in preventative or proactive measures. Those who favor its passage claim that no immediate effects will occur.
In some instances, backers of the “No on 10” proposition are accused of unethical, and at times illegal, practices to influence the public. ColoradoBoulevard.net Print Edition has been illegally stuffed with leaflets of “NOPROP10.org”. Wafic Khalil, Editor in Chief of the online and print edition, denied ever being contacted by the “No on 10” camp, and he certainly has not authorized the leaflets:
This was done illegally. Print publications normally charge for inserts…We are looking at multiple ways in which to deal with it.
According to California campaign finance records, the opposition, mainly consisting of major landlords and large property owners, have so far contributed $62.4 million toward the defeat of Proposition 10.
Inserts with the “No on 10” leaflets were found in Pasadena and Altadena areas. One business owner told of a female driver parking illegally on the street, running to his store, hastily dropping copies (with stuffed leaflets) on the counter, then running back quickly to her car. Colorado Boulevard distribution does not have female drivers for the Altadena area. Security footage is being sought and shared with authorities.
The illegal practices and dirty tricks seem to be working on unsuspecting voters. This morning The Los Angeles Times reported troubles with the passage of Proposition 10.
Members of the California Statewide Organization for Renters Rights intend to file complaints against landlords who issue threatening letters of eviction and hikes should Prop 10 pass.
Colorado Boulevard Network LLC, parent company of ColoradoBoulevard.net, has alerted California Secretary of State‘s legal department and the L.A. County’s Election Fraud division in Norwalk.
Voters and residents can report this type of campaign misconduct to the Election Fraud Investigation Unit at (916) 657-2166 or county elections official immediately.
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