We are all practicing attorneys as well as Santa Monica community leaders. We are outraged and disgusted by the tactics of the supporters of the Elected City Attorney Initiative to discredit the present city attorney and to intentionally mislead Santa Monica's voters. We have often disagreed with our city attorney's positions. However, as attorneys we respect honest disagreement, provided that the rules of fair play are observed and the integrity of our political system and rights of free speech are upheld.
Supporters of the elected City Attorney Initiative have trampled on fair play and integrity. They placed a misleading and unfair "ad" in the local newspaper for the Santa Monica attorney's position. Yet they know full well that our voters have not yet spoken on the initiative and that the position will not be vacant if the initiative is defeated.
They have also unfairly maligned our city attorney by mischaracterizing his exercise of his personal rights of free speech as criminal. As another campaign maneuver, they have filed a complaint with the State Bar Assn. on these same grounds. These tactics show a gross contempt for fair political process and our democratic right of free speech. They amount to an attempt at political censorship.