In the latest attempt to suppress the legitimate arguments against oil drilling in Hermosa Beach, a citizen supporter of oil represented by oil company lawyers, sued the City of Hermosa Beach, claiming that ballot arguments opposing Measure O were false and misleading.
On Friday, December 19, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge firmly rejected the oil supporter’s claim, finding instead that the oil opponents’ arguments were legitimate and with merit. Indeed, the Court went beyond finding opposition arguments not misleading. It found that each and every argument the oil company attempted to censor was supported by facts.
The Court went on to express concern about the Plaintiff’s frivolous attempt to use the courts to suppress factual and legitimate opposing views, and cited case law that states:
“The right to seek deletion of false and misleading ballot arguments should not be used as a weapon against differing opinions.”
This was not only a win for the right of Hermosa Beach voters to have the facts included in the ballot argument against Measure O. It was also a win for free speech and the democratic process.
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