City of Commerce Term Limits, Measure A (March 2011)

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A City of Commerce Term Limits Ordinance, Measure A was on the March 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Commerce in Los Angeles County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure A limits the length of time a person may serve on the Commerce City Council to three consecutive 4-year terms.

Election results

Measure A (Term Limits)
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 675 72.97%
No 250 27.03%
Total votes 925 100.00%
Voter turnout 24.33%

Results according to the City of Commerce elections office

Supporters

The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure A were signed by:

  • Tina Baca Del Rio
  • Joe Aguilar
  • Robert C. Fierro

They wrote:

"Enough is enough. We cannot let the City of Commerce become the next City of Bell or City of Vernon. Those cities have experienced embarrassing corruption that was allowed to happen by city council members who were elected, over and over again and treated their cities like their own piggy banks. When city council members are in office for many years, they are given money by special interests who want to see them re-elected so that they can take advantage of the City and your taxpayer dollars. These long term career politicians are bought and paid for. They lose sight of who they really represent – the people of the City of Commerce – and use their offices for their own personal financial gain. These politicians do not have a right to stay in office forever. If a city council member cannot get the job done after being in office for 12 years or for three terms, then he or she needs to go. He or she does not deserve to make the position their career. It is time to give other members of our community a chance to do their civic duty and to make sure that our city is not sold to the highest bidder. Do not be fooled by those wanting to defeat Measure A. They will say anything to stay in power. Don’t let them turn Commerce into Bell or Vernon.

Opponents

Lilia R. León signed the official voter guide argument opposing Measure A. She wrote:

Why should I vote No on Measure A?
1. It is undemocratic
Term Limits takes away the right of the voters to be represented by the Council Member of their choice.
2. It is undemocratic to prevent a resident from re-electing their representative.
Allows the voting process to do its job and still holds Council Members accountable.
3. It may result in a lack of experienced Council Members With experience, comes greater skill. Inexperienced Council Members will be more reliant on advice and guidance from un-elected officials and staff. Permanent staff would become more knowledgeable and powerful than the Council Members themselves.
4. It means that Council Members approaching their term limit no longer have to worry about what voters think.
A Council Member has no motivation to continue with the concerns of the residents. The Council Member does not need to go back to the voters for approval or re-election resulting in lack of accountability. A Council Member could use the last term as an opportunity to acquire a job in the private sector.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure A: Shall the ordinance entitlted "An ordinance of the people of the City of Commerce, California, limiting the number of terms and/or total years a member of the city council may serve" be adopted?"[2]

Path to the ballot

Measure A was an initiated city ordinance, which got on the ballot through the collection of signatures on petitions.

External links

References

  1. EGP News, "Voters approved ballot measures in Monterey Park and Commerce", March 9, 2011
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.