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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.” 


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. 


County Assessor John Noguez to take a leave of office pending investigation [updated]

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Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez announced today he will take a leave of office while the district attorney continues to look into allegations of misconduct.

The Los Angeles County assessor announced today his intention to take a leave from office while the District Attorney’s Office continues its investigation into allegations of misconduct.

John Noguez will leave office once the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appoints someone to serve as the chief deputy assessor in charge of the office. The issue is expected to be discussed at Wednesday's board meeting at the Hall of Administration. 

“In the interest of restoring public confidence in the professionalism, integrity, and impartiality of the Assessor's Office, I intend to take a leave of absence from my duties as assessor,” Nogeuz wrote in a letter to the Board of Supervisors. “I do not take this decision lightly. Rather, I do this with the solemn hope that my leave of absence will allow the professionals at the Assessor's Office to continue to serve the taxpayers and citizens of this county.”