County of Los Angeles Appointed County Assessor, Measure A (November 2012)

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A County of Los Angeles Appointed County Assessor, Measure A ballot question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in Los Angeles County, where it was defeated.

Measure A sought the guidance of the county's electors on whether the California Constitution and the Los Angeles County Charter should be changed to make the position of Los Angeles County Assessor an appointed position. Currently, it is an elected position.

Measure A was an advisory measure.

Election results

Measure A
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,073,76177.49%
Yes 598,846 22.41%
Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Support

The editorial board of the Long Beach Press-Telegram supported Measure A, saying, "Measure A is just a half-step toward true reform, as having an elected assessor in the future would require changes to both the Los Angeles County Charter and the California Constitution. But this advisory vote would help create the political will to make those changes."[1]

Opposition

The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times opposed Measure A, saying, "Measure A doesn't answer any of the balance-of-power questions raised by the Noguez scandal. Appointing the assessor and removing the voters' oversight merely trades one set of hazards for another. Measure A is not helpful. Voters can say no to it only once, but they should do so with two objectives in mind: The first is to reject useless, time-consuming and costly advisory measures; the second is to reject the idea of giving up their power to elect assessors without ensuring adequate checks and balances."[2]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Measure A: "Do you support seeking to change the California Constitution and the Los Angeles County Charter to make the position of Los Angeles County Assessor an appointed position instead of an elected position?"

References


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