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CORRECTION: Supervisor term limit fails to make ballot

Corrects information about Antonovich's last term in office

Posted: July 31, 2012 6:47 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 6:47 p.m.


Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday declined to place a measure on the November ballot that could have extended the limit of their terms an extra eight years.

The supervisors’ vote means Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who was elected in 1980, will serve his last four-year term beginning late this year after he won June’s primary election. Antonovich does not have to run in November’s general election because he gathered about 80 percent of the vote.

Last week, Antonovich proposed that voters decide if supervisors should be able to serve five consecutive terms. Each term is four years long.

Under a county ordinance that took effect in 2002, supervisors are allowed to serve three consecutive four-year terms if elected after 2002.

Antonovich, who represents the Santa Clarita Valley, introduced his proposal at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting but Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky objected, criticizing the manner in which it was placed on the agenda and the wording of the proposal itself.

The proposal came back before the board Tuesday and again met with opposition.

“As much as I oppose term limits, I think 11 terms is more than enough,” Yaroslavsky said, clearly referring to Antonovich, who is seeking re-election for his eighth term and would have been eligible for 11 terms if voters extended term limits.

Four out of the five currently serving supervisors have served multiple terms; Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is the only supervisor serving his first.

With a number of cities falling victim to bankruptcies and other financial problems, Antonovich said last week, term limits have been detrimental at the state and local levels as experienced legislators and council members are termed out.

“We have a number of other cities and municipalities across the county and across the state that are experiencing unprecedented fiscal crises,” said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell after the meeting, adding that many of the problems occurred because of inexperienced council members and legislators.

“The supervisor’s motion would allow voters to choose whomever they wanted to represent them; not deny them the one they find the most qualified and most experienced,” Bell said. “Term limits have really been a wrecking ball in Sacramento and other municipalities.”




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