Prop. 93 loses – Perata and Nunez are out!

The SF Chronicle reports that Prop. 93, the Term Limits extension promoted by Democratic Leaders Don Perata and Fabian Nunez, is going down in flames.

If this holds they will each be looking for new jobs as they are termed out.

“California voters rejected a ballot measure to cut the time lawmakers could serve in the Legislature by two years but give current incumbents a windfall term extension, according to early returns.

With about 96 percent of the precincts reporting, 53 percent of voters were opposed to the measure while 47 percent were in favor.

Proposition 93 was proposed by the Democratic leaders of the Legislature and supported by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the state’s current term limits are too restrictive.

Lawmakers now can serve a total of 14 years – no more than six years in the Assembly (three two-year terms) and eight years in the Senate (two four-year terms) – according to rules set by state voters in 1990.

Under Prop. 93, they would be allowed to serve a total of 12 years – either in one house or the other, or a combination of the Assembly and Senate.

Opponents called the initiative a power grab because it also would allow legislators who would be termed out of office this year under current rules to serve an additional six years in the Assembly or an extra four years in the Senate.

Two of those lawmakers are the leaders of the Legislature – Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland.

While supporters and opponents of Prop. 93 carried on a spirited campaign, it took place largely outside the attention of most voters, who were not aware of the measure or its ramifications until the weeks before the election.”

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Gilbert comment: It is sad that having a huge special interest cash advantage in Santa Ana overcame underfunded local watchdog efforts to limit Terms in office by the Santa Ana city council yesterday. I would suggest those seeking to change the current council press on to find qualified candidates who can take on the establishment this November. It takes a strong committment to unseat incumbents but you can prevail. We shocked the county with our 2002 Revolution in Mission Viejo.

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