College Officials Seeking Author of Bogus Letter

Officials at Rio Hondo College in Whittier have asked several state and local government agencies to help them find out who sent a bogus "hit" letter, typed on college stationery, to district voters just days before the Nov. 7 trustees election.

The letter, written by a group claiming to be the "staff committee for ethical elections," sharply criticized board President Hilda Solis, who was up for reelection against candidates David Flores and Elizabeth Van Note. Solis won with 45.7% of the vote.

The letter accused Solis of living outside the district, associating with an accused child molester and supporting college liberals who want a large pay raise for the faculty. Solis says the allegations are false and defamatory.

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