EDITORIAL : VOTE NO ON MEASURE 6.
THE Daily News recommends a no vote on Referendum referendum, referral of proposed laws or constitutional amendments to the electorate for final approval. This direct form of legislation, along with the initiative, was known in Greece and other early democracies. Ordinance A law, statute, or regulation enacted by a Municipal Corporation.
An ordinance is a law passed by a municipal government. A municipality, such as a city, town, village, or borough, is a political subdivision of a state within which a municipal corporation has been 6 on the April 8 municipal ballot.
Most members of the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. support the measure because it enlarges the slush fund Slush Fund
A fund (or something similar) that does not have a designated purpose. These types of funds are often illegal.
A good example would be a politician siphoning off money for side investments or to help friends.
See also: Mutual Fund , or general-purpose political cash, that each of them can have.
Every elected L.A. official may legally accept as much as $10,000 a year in contributions for those cookie jars 1. (programming) cookie jar - An area of memory set aside for storing cookies. Most commonly heard in the Atari ST community; many useful ST programs record their presence by storing a distinctive magic number in the jar. , which are formally known as officeholder of·fice·hold·er
One who holds public office.
Noun 1. officeholder - someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for accounts.
If this measure passes, the limit will jump to $75,000 a year, and other restrictions also will be loosened. For example, the maximum contribution an individual donor could make to an officeholder's account would increase from $250 to $1,000.
Also, the politicians could spend the dollars in many questionable ways - mostly promoting their own career and image, more than improving service to constituents.
The current rules on officeholder accounts were enacted only five months ago when voters, both in L.A. and statewide, passed Proposition 208 on the state ballot. The only argument for going back to the old rules is that L.A. council districts are quite large; but if the council would agree to cut those districts in half, they wouldn't need so much money, and the people of L.A. would have better representation, too.
In a system that already has too many abuses, we doubt that hard-working taxpayers are in any mood to let council members accept $75,000 a year in tax-free political cash from lobbyists and anyone else seeking to buy influence at City Hall.
We urge voters to send City Hall insiders a message they'll never forget, so they'll never have to ask again. Vote no on Referendum Ordinance 6.