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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.