Open Thread for Saturday: Judging the Judges
Typically the local and/or state bar associations will rate potential judges based on their legal training, ability, temperament and experience, without regard to partisan affiliation or ideological stand.
A letter to CityWatch from the billboard wackos however thinks that a judge who followed the law but didn't help them reach their Utopian, dysfunctional dream of banning all billboards should not be returned to the bench.
Judges should be considered on ability not on their decisions in controversial matters. Judges are not politicians and we need them to be free to make decisions based on what they think is right and not what is popular or politically correct.
In the upcoming June 3 Primary Election, incumbent Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ralph M. Dau at Office No.4 is running for re-election against attorney Sydnee Singer. Both candidates have been rated as qualified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and both have statements printed in the Official Sample Ballot. The following information may help you decide how to vote.
In 2007, a citizen’s group went to court in an attempt to stop a lawsuit settlement between the city of Los Angeles and several large billboard companies.
Among other things, this settlement allowed almost 900 conventional billboards to be converted to digital ones and grandfathered in an untold number of illegal billboards. Judge Dau ruled against the citizen's group, on the grounds that it could not show that its members were harmed in any way by terms of the lawsuit settlement, which in reality not only will have far-reaching effects on the city’s visual landscape, but was hammered out behind closed doors without any public notice or debate.
--Ted Wu, President
Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight, Inc.