Registered voters in L.A. County’s 3rd Supervisorial District may have been confused by two mailers that, at least in my house, arrived on the same day this week. Both reference a May 15 editorial in the Los Angeles Times, in which the editorial board endorsed a candidate in the June 3 primary.
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The mailer concludes with a photo of Kuehl and these words: “On June 3 the choice is crystal clear.” All of which makes it appear that The Times endorsed former state Sen. Kuehl in the supervisor’s race. Except it didn’t.
Duran used the editorial in his own flier that hit mailboxes around the same time as Kuehl's. The cover declares: "The LA Times endorses John Duran for supervisor," and it quotes the editorial as saying he "provides a fresh perspective badly needed in county government."
As a member of The Times editorial board, I was both amused and perturbed by Kuehl's campaign mailer. It's misleading, but it's not inaccurate. It does not explicitly say The Times endorsed her, and it accurately quotes the editorial, which did, in fact, say many nice things about her. (Here's more about The Times endorsement process.)