COUNCIL OPEN TO COMPROMISE : MAJORITY WOULD GIVE UP VETO FOR CITYWIDE VOTE.Byline: Patrick McGreevy Daily News Staff Writer
A majority of the City Council members said Wednesday they would be willing to relinquish their veto power over a secession election in return for an amendment to the Boland bill requiring the entire city to vote on the secession of any part of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .
``That would be acceptable to me,'' said Councilman Mike Hernandez. ``I think it's important that the whole city do vote because the whole city is impacted.''
Hernandez was part of the eight-member council majority that voted May 14 to oppose the Boland legislation because it would take away the city's veto power over a secession drive.
Several council members said at the time that they could not support the bill removing their veto power unless it was amended to require the entire city to vote if any one section wanted to break away.
Nine of the 15 council members said Wednesday they would support the compromise, although some said they would prefer the bill as originally written by Assemblywoman Paula Boland, R-Granada Hills, and others said they would need additional safeguards.
Their comments came two days after Senate President Pro Tem president pro tem
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A president pro tempore. Bill Lockyer William Westwood "Bill" Lockyer (born May 8, 1941) is the current State Treasurer of California. Prior to this, he served as California's Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice for the U.S. state of California. , D-Hayward, unveiled a plan to virtually rewrite the controversial bill adding a citywide vote and creating a blue-ribbon commission to study the feasibility of a San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. breakaway.
The bill was on today's agenda in Lockyer's powerful Rules Committee, but sources in the capital said late Wednesday that it might be dropped until later.
The original bill by Boland simply removes the City Council's veto power over any secession election. She said Tuesday that its intent to restore the right of self-determination would be gutted by Lockyer's proposals.
Boland also said that because her bill faces possible defeat by the Senate's Democratic majority she would consider a compromise that required a vote by the whole city.
``I think a majority of the council would support the compromise,'' said Councilman Richard Alarcon. ``I think taking away the veto is important. I would prefer that any part of the city wanting to become independent would be able to vote themselves, but if a compromise is the only way anything is going to get passed, the important thing is to remove the veto.''
Council members Ruth Galanter Ruth Galanter was a city councilwoman from Los Angeles. She served as President Pro-Tempore and President of the city council. , Mike Feuer, Nate Holden Nathaniel "Nate" R. Holden (1929-) served on the Los Angeles City Council from 1987 to 2002. He previously served a term on the California State Senate and was Assistant Chief Deputy to then Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. , and Hernandez said themselves or through representatives that they would support a compromise that gives up the council veto while requiring the whole city to vote on any secession drive.
Councilwoman Rita Walters Rita Walters (1930-) is currently the commissioner of the Los Angeles Public Library. Prior to this position, she served on the Los Angeles City Council representing the 9th district. During that time, she chaired the Arts, Health & Humanities Committee. also said such a compromise would be acceptable to her, as long as legislation ``guaranteed'' that a thorough study of the financial impacts of secession are analyzed before the vote.
Feuer voted in May to oppose the Boland bill but supports the compromise proposal, while saying through a spokesman that many other questions remain to be answered before the council changes its formal position.
Alarcon and council members Hal Bernson Hal Bernson served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 12th district. He was chair of the Transportation Committee. Prior to being on the City Council, he served in the Navy.
Robert M. , Joel Wachs Joel Wachs served for several terms as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 2nd district. He was first elected by defeating incumbent James B. Potter.
While in office, Wachs chaired the Public Works Committee and vice-chair of the Environmental Quality & Waste Management and Marvin Braude Marvin Braude (August 11, 1920—December 7, 2005)served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 11th district from 1965 to 1997. At various times Mr. Braude (pronounced BROW-dee) served as chair of the Finance and Revenue Committee, the Environmental Quality and Waste said they would support the compromise if it was the only way to get the legislation passed.
``Something's better than nothing,'' said Wachs. ``If the only choice is between the compromise and nothing at all, I would take the compromise.''
Bernson said he would fight any effort to change the bill, but added ``I would support the bill if it came through that way.''
With state legislators still bartering over compromise language, city lobbyist Norman Boyer said he would wait to get firm language before taking the issue back to the council to see if it wants to vote formally to support a compromise bill.
Council members also said they would wait to see what comes out of Sacramento before deciding whether to call a new vote on the legislation.
Council President John Ferraro John Ferraro (May 14 1924—April 17 2001) served as a Los Angeles City Councilman from 1966 until his death. Early life
Ferraro was born in the working class suburb of Cudahy, California, just south of Los Angeles. said the compromise does not go far enough. Ferraro said he would not support the bill unless it was changed so that it does not only apply to Los Angeles.
``I don't think the bill should be leveled at the city of Los Angeles
Councilman Rudy Svorinich said through a spokesman that he would oppose a compromise that required the whole city to vote.
``Why should the whole city vote on what is a local issue?'' asked Barry Glickman, the councilman's chief-of-staff.
Svorinich represents areas of Wilmington and San Pedro where secessionist talk has existed for years.