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Saturday, November 04, 2006

LA WEEKLY Article on Prop. R (The true intent of Proposition R)

Thanks to LA Weekly's David Z. for this very informative article: It's About Term Limits, Stupid (A fight over a Home Depot exposes the true intent of Proposition R)

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 9:00 pm

“Special interests and their paid lobbyists have too much power and influence in city government,” declares one recent Prop. R campaign mailer, which shows a nightclub bouncer, alongside a velvet rope, trying to keep unsavory elements from reaching City Hall. “Prop. R will change all that.”

Such arguments would be more convincing if lobbyists and their clients weren’t amassing such big checks on behalf of the ballot measure. But then, Prop. R is marginally about clean government and much more about term limits — that is, giving each council member a shot at a third four-year term. That might just explain why so many special interests — from real estate developers to labor unions — are lining up behind a measure that purports to crack down on, um, special interests.

“Clearly the purpose of Measure R is term limits, not to clean up City Hall,” said Robert Stern, who heads the nonprofit Center for Governmental Studies, a campaign-finance watchdog. “And it’s definitely a superficial cleaning — once over lightly.”

And wouldn’t you know it: One of the big contributors that ponied up $25,000 on behalf of Prop. R this week is Home Depot, a company waging development fights not just in the Sunland-Tujunga area, but also in Glassell Park, where Council President Eric Garcetti is fighting another Home Depot project.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now the question becomes "What will speak to power in Sunland-Tujunga and Glassell Park, money or votes?"

Without opponents incumbents cannot be removed. Who is running against Greuel? Garrcetti?

November 05, 2006 12:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's hope the little people without the special interest money prevail come Tuesday.

Wouldn't that really be something to celebrate? Hell Yes

November 05, 2006 1:54 PM  

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