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The debate over the controversial Prop 10 decision, which is on the California ballot in November and will overturn Costa Hawkins, is continuing to heat up. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, now, says that the proposition contains a hidden provision that will put “unusual” burden on taxpayers. The provision, according to AGGLA, will require California taxpayers to foot legal bills if any entity or person challenges the new law in court.

“This Section 10 provision grants the Proposition 10 initiative sponsors the power to defend their own measure in court, and that the California Department of Justice and California taxpayers must fund post-election legal work to defend against any challenges, win or lose. In essence, it makes the proponents of Proposition 10 unelected public officials,” Dan Yukelson, AAGLA executive director, tells Globest.com. “This is an extraordinary power grab by Michael Weinstein, the principal backer of Proposition 10, and anti-democratic. California voters have elected a state attorney general to defend the state legally; and it is up to our attorney general to make choices about pending legal cases, priorities and resources. The initiative’s sponsors want to supplant the judgment of our state’s attorney general.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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