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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It's the end of an era for California's much-maligned Legislature, thankfully, and the beginning of a more promising future. The lawmakers' core problems - polarization, paralysis - have had less to do with the politicians themselves than the system in which they've been elected and been operating. That system effectively ceased Friday night when the gavel fell on the Legislature's two-year session. The new system - the product of voter-approved reforms - hopefully will produce more pragmatic, less ideological legislators committed to negotiating long-term fixes to California's problems.
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OPINION
August 9, 2012
Re "Sniping supes," Opinion, Aug. 6 Jim Newton gets it right in blasting the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for avoiding serious debate on term limits. He also raises a related question: Are the supervisors legislators or chief executives? The county charter is silent on the subject, and none of the supervisors raises the subject. Who is responsible for the jails, the supervisors or the elected sheriff? Should they be responsible for any corruption by the elected assessor?
OPINION
August 6, 2012 | Jim Newton
There is a serious conversation worth having about term limits and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supporters of the limits - currently three terms of four years each - argue that they are necessary because once supervisors are in office, they're impervious to challenge. Their districts are too big, scrutiny too light, their ability to raise money too great. Critics say term limits deprive voters of choice, imbue the bureaucracy with too much power and ensure that the government is run by inexperienced leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Hall proved irresistible to yet another Sacramento politician, with Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield becoming the fourth state lawmaker to launch a bid for next year's City Council race. Blumenfield, a Democrat from Woodland Hills, moved to create a campaign committee last week to run for the west San Fernando Valley seat held by Councilman Dennis Zine, who is running for city controller. Already raising money for other council campaigns are Assemblyman Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles)
OPINION
July 31, 2012
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will take up, for the second time, a proposal that would let county voters consider amending the local term limits rules. The board's action would set a November vote for a measure allowing supervisors to serve a maximum of five terms, rather than the current three, starting from December 2002. This new version of the proposal is slightly more honest than the previous one was; that's a small step forward, though it may not be enough.
OPINION
July 29, 2012
Re "County delays action on term-limit plan," July 25 As a constituent of L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, I'm ashamed that he authored this disingenuous motion and possible ballot measure to extend the supervisors' term limits. It is apparent that term limits haven't yielded the intended results, but it's no reason to try and sneak in an additional eight years. As for the argument that voters deserve the right to vote for the person they want, this too is a joke.
OPINION
July 29, 2012 | By Harold Meyerson
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who's served on the five-member county board since 1980, is trying to persuade his colleagues to put a measure on November's ballot that would extend the number of four-year terms a supervisor can serve from three to five. L.A. County voters established supervisorial term limits by initiative in 2002. They weren't retroactive, so Antonovich's clock began to tick when he was reelected in 2004. Now, with time's winged chariot threatening to run him down in 2016, he wants voters to let him serve longer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who will have served 36 years in office when term limits block him from running again in 2016, wants voters to consider amending the law so he can stay for up to eight more years. On Tuesday, supervisors are scheduled to consider Antonovich's call for a November ballot measure to stretch the term deadline, a move that could benefit other longtime board members if voters approve. Antonovich said the current board was in the best position to steer the county through today's harsh economic times.
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