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Proposal to extend term limits fails at Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

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A proposal from Supervisor Mike Antonovich to extend supervisors' term limits from 12 years to 20 years failed to receive the three voters needed to get it on the November ballot.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today declined to approve a fall ballot measure that would have extended their term limits.

With two abstentions and a dissenting vote, Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s proposal to give supervisors five four-year terms, instead of the current three terms, failed to pass. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky voted against the measure, even after the board accepted his language to clarify that terms would be extended rather than limited. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas declined to vote on the issue.

“Term limits have been a wrecking ball in Sacramento,” Antonovich said. “A number of our cities are going under. We don’t know what the future is going to hold. Having the voters have that opportunity to vote for a candidate of their choice is all that this motion does.” 


LA County voters to decide whether adult films need condoms

Los Angeles County voters will decide this November whether performers who pornographic films should be required to wear condoms. Above is Los Angeles County's official condom wrapper.

The question of whether adults performing in pornographic films should be required to use condoms on set will be put to Los Angeles County voters in November.

With a 3-1-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors agreed to place the “Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry” measure on the ballot. Supervisor Gloria Molina was the dissenting vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining.

If approved, performers who participate in adult films in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County would be required to use condoms during intercourse scenes. The 85 cities that receive Public Health services from L.A. County would have to incorporate the requirement into their municipal codes. Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon have their own health agencies. 

In addition to obtaining a health permit, film producers would have to go through blood pathogen training and provide an exposure control plan. Violators would have their permits revoked and could face civil fines and misdemeanor penalties.


Yaroslavsky: Extension of term limits makes mockery of Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

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Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky slammed his colleague today for pushing a proposal that would extend term limits for sitting supervisors.

A plan to extend term limits for Los Angeles County supervisors resulted in an argument today at the Hall of Administration, with one elected official arguing that the proposal makes a mockery of his colleagues.

Supervisor Mike Antonovich submitted a motion Friday evening that asks for a charter amendment to extend term limits from three, four-year terms to five. Those existing term limits were approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2002 and were not retroactive, which means most supervisors, like Antonovich, have spent more than three terms in office.

A vote on whether to place the charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot was delayed for one week. If three supervisors agree to place it on the ballot, it would take a majority vote of the electorate to pass. 

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky criticized proposed ballot language that suggests voters would somehow be limiting the time supervisors spend in office.


Los Angeles County supervisors consider extending term limits (updated)

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The Board of Supervisors is considering whether to amend Los Angeles County's charter to give elected officials more time in office.

The five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors could serve for at least 20 years – instead of the current 12 years – under a proposal to extend term limits. 

Supervisor Mike Antonovich will ask his colleagues tomorrow to place a charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would extend term limits from three four-year terms to five terms. Voters approved term limits in 2002, long after many of the current supervisors were elected to office.

In the Fifth District, Antonovich was elected in 1980. Supervisor Gloria Molina was elected in 1991, followed by Zev Yaroslavsky in 1994, Don Knabe in 1996, and Mark-Ridley-Thomas in 2008.  Under the current charter, Molina and Yaroslavsky would be termed out in 2014.

A sitting supervisor has not been defeated in 32 years. Back in 1980, Antonovich beat Baxter Ward and Deane Dana defeated Yvonne Burke. Twelve years later, Burke was elected to represent the Second District. 


LA County questions how to regulate condoms in pornographic films

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal that would require adults in pornographic films to wear condoms during intercourse.

An initiative that would require adult film performers to wear condoms during intercourse scenes was stalled today when members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors questioned the enforcement of such a proposal.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation gathered enough signatures to have the initiative, which would also require producers to obtain a health permit, placed on a countywide ballot. However, under questioning from Supervisor Gloria Molina, attorneys for the county admitted it was unclear if the initiative would apply to cities throughout Los Angeles County or just the unincorporated areas.

“I really do think we need to have a better understanding of the jurisdiction, and if in fact it’s a countywide vote or is it unincorporated areas,” Molina said.

The matter will be back before the Board of Supervisors on July 24. The board has until Aug. 7 to decide whether to place the initiative on the November ballot.