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March 19, 2010Mr. George JosephChairman of the BoardMercury General Corporation4484 Wilshire BoulevardLos Angeles, California 90010Dear Mr. Joseph: Next Wednesday, the California Legislature will hold a public information hearing about your June ballot measure, Proposition 17. Will I see you there?You sure have been talking about it a lot lately. It seems that everyone who has spoken out againstProposition 17 has received a private phone call from you. You even personally called our actuarialwitness after he filed an affidavit rebutting every falsehood in your unsuccessful litigation to block anymention of Prop 17's car insurance surcharges in the California Voter Guide.But despite all these private conversations, including the personal calls to lawmakers and letters to policyholders who are quitting your company because you are backing this initiative, you refuse to participate in the public debate over Proposition 17. Instead, you are spending millions of dollars on public relations flacks, imposters paid to masquerade as consumer advocates, and on radioadvertisements, in another of your cynical attempts to mislead people and corrupt the initiative process just as you corrupted the legislative process when you gave lawmakers millions of dollars to violate theCalifornia Constitution and attempt to gut Proposition’s 103’s anti-surcharge clause.Come out from behind the gilded boardroom doors and let’s have an honest and thorough publicdiscussion about Prop 17.I know it might seem daunting, because as the sponsor of a ballot initiative seeking the approval of California voters you may have to explain Mercury’s myriad transgressions over the years: – Internal reports of over a decade of investigations by the California Department of Insurance andstatements from former agents allege that Mercury had an internal policy of surcharging or refusing tosell car insurance to military personnel, cardiac patients, diabetics, seniors over 70, the self-employed,the unemployed, people who work at home, people not previously insured, and other people you don’twant to do business with. – Regulators in California, Florida and Pennsylvania have brought legal proceedings against your company ordering your company to end discriminatory and other illegal practices as well as pay fines of more than a million of dollars.