Phony Candidates and Slate Mailers – Letter to the El Segundo Herald by Marianne Fong

The following letter to the editor was published in the El Segundo Herald newspaper ( on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in the Letters section on page 3. The El Segundo Herald has a strict 250-word limit, including the title.

Phony Candidates and Slate Mailers

Vote for Murray for West Basin Municipal Water District.

I received a phony campaign slate mailer titled “SAVE PROPOSITION 13 NEWSLETTER” with Scott Houston’s name and photo in it. It’s not a newsletter at all, but a deceptive campaign slate mailer that has nothing to do with Proposition 13.

This is ironic. The current newsletter of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, founded by Proposition 13 sponsor Howard Jarvis, honors Mike Robbins as a “Hometown Hero” for leading the successful campaign against Measure A and its eleven tax hikes last April, despite city unions contributing $17,500 to the “Yes on A” campaign. But Scott Houston supported Measure A! See his 3/13/14 Herald letter. And Houston ran for Democratic Party Central Committee on 6/3/08 as a self-described progressive (extreme tax-and-spend liberal).

A call to HJTA confirmed they do not endorse Scott Houston, and have no connection to nor control over that slate mailer. Houston paid to get his name and photo in it, as indicated by the asterisk next to his name.

Similarly, there are phony “For Republicans” slate mailers sent to Republican voters, endorsing progressive Democrats. Please disregard all slate mailers unless you are sure you know and trust their source.

Houston claims in his Sample Ballot statement his occupation is “Environmental Impact Manager.” He claimed it was “Small Business Manager” when he ran for City Council on 4/10/12. He is not a manager. He’s a “Customer Service” employee at an envelope manufacturing and printing company.

– Marianne Fong

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