Supreme Court: Salinas didn't illegally campaign for Measure O
Monday, April 20, 2009
In an opinion released today, the state Supreme Court handed the city of Salinas another victory in a six-year legal battle, ruling that the city didn't improperly campaign for a 2002 ballot measure.
The Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeal ruling that the city didn't illegally spend taxpayer's money in disseminating information on Measure O, an unsuccessful attempt to repeal the city's utility tax by plaintiffs Angie Morfin Vargas and Mark Dierolf.
"Municipalities are statutorily authorized to gather information about the impacts of proposed ballot measures and are often uniquely well positioned to disseminate such information," wrote Justice Carlos Moreno, on behalf of the majority.