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Fullerton Defends Clerk Measure Ad

November 02, 2002|Jean O. Pasco

Fullerton officials are defending a city newspaper ad that offers reasons voters should support a measure on Tuesday's ballot that would change the city clerk from an elected to appointed position.

State law bars the use of public funds for campaigning. A publication is considered improper advocacy if, "taken as a whole, it unambiguously urges a particular result in an election. The ad, in the Fullerton News Tribune, lists numerous supporters and one opposing group.

City spokeswoman Sylvia Palmer said the ad was proper.

But county Supervisor-elect Chris Norby said, "This is advocacy [and] I don't think it's proper."

-- Jean O. Pasco

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