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MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND (MALDEF) OPPOSES PROPOSITION 53

Says Measure will Slow Down the State's Ability to Build Infrastructure


LOS ANGELES -- The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today announced its opposition to Proposition 53, the ballot measure that undermines local control and jeopardizes vital infrastructure projects.

"California does not need another mechanism to slow down the state’s ability to build and improve necessary infrastructure," said Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel.
 
Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

MALDEF joins the more than 200 organizations statewide opposing Prop 53, including the California Professional Firefighters, California Chamber of Commerce, California Hospital Association, California State Sheriffs Association, firefighters and paramedics.

Prop. 53 is financed by one Stockton area multimillionaire Dino Cortopassi, who has spent more than $4.5 million to date to put the measure on the ballot inan attempt to disrupt a single water infrastructure project. Regardless of one’s position on that single project, his initiative has far-reaching, negative implications for other infrastructure projects in communities across California.

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