Anonymous letters: Why are state Assembly members sending unsigned letters to their constituents?
It's not as if they're poison pen letters. In fact, the sentiments tend to be quite public-spirited.
One, addressed to residents of the 42nd District by Assemblyman Richard L. Mountjoy (R-Monrovia), extolled the virtues of participating in National Red Ribbon Week, an anti-drug campaign.
Another, sent out by Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D-Baldwin Park), is a guide to the disposal of household hazardous waste.
So why the lack of signatures? Two words: Proposition 73.
The campaign reform initiative includes restrictions on political mailings at public expense. Sandra Michioku, spokeswoman for the state Fair Political Practices Commission, said the initiative has been interpreted to permit officeholders to make mass mailings on their letterheads, but only if they don't sign the letters or put their names in the text.
Mountjoy and Tanner said they were simply sending out useful information, but political opponents are crying foul. Ron Aguirre, who is running against Tanner, accused her of "taking advantage of a loophole in the law" to get her name before voters--even if only on letterhead. South Pasadena Mayor Evelyn Fierro, Mountjoy's opponent, charged that the mailing was obviously intended to boost his political stock.