Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky delivered pointed criticism Tuesday of a move to place a measure on the November ballot that would ask voters to extend term limits that now stand to oust four members of the board.
Yaroslavsky pointed out that the motion, written by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, could undo a law approved by voters a decade ago that limited supervisors to three terms.
"I just think this makes a mockery of us," Yaroslavsky said.
The board ended up postponing the issue for a week.
Four long-serving members of the board, including Antonovich, are barred from running for reelection under the current law. Antonovich's proposal, if approved by voters, could extend the supervisors' term limits by eight years and Antonovich could end up serving 44 years if reelected.
The longest serving supervisor in county history, Kenneth Hahn, was in office for 40 years.
Antonovich has said that the current board is in the best position to guide the county through difficult economic times and that voters should have the right to decide who represents them.