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Has imposing term limits worked?

July 03, 2006

Re "Voters May Be Asked to Ease L.A. Term Limits," June 26

It appears we have come nearly full circle in our thinking about the merits of term limits on all levels of government.

The great "housecleaning" made 10 years ago seemed the only way to cleanse us of the evils of our bloated, self-indulgent city and state governments. Although it made us feel better at the time, in retrospect, it was an error. We voted to create term limits that were unreasonably short. The consequences have been abysmal.

The time is right to make a reasonable correction.

As a former board member and longtime member of the League of Women Voters, I applaud the efforts by the league and the Chamber of Commerce and hope they will move this quickly to the November ballot. Los Angeles cannot afford to lose any more members, nor the state its institutional memory, in this game of musical chairs.

FRANCINE OSCHIN

Encino

Oschin ran unsuccessfully for Los Angeles City Council in 2001.

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I object to the plan by the Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters to put a measure on the ballot to lift term limits for the L.A. City Council.

The basic premise of those seeking the change is that term limits have not produced better public officials. However, if that is the case, why enshrine these questionable officials by giving them incumbent fundraising and other advantages?

Money talks, and the current council members do not deserve to be rewarded with additional terms.

BRUCE CAMPBELL

Los Angeles

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