LOS ANGELES—Our presidents are prohibited from serving three terms, but Los Angeles City Council Members have been granted permission to serve thrice.
Measure R was approved by 375,433 people, a significant 59 percent of voters, in last November’s election. Despite the win, Measure R has come under scrutiny.
Several people claim Measure R violates the state constitution by combining separate issues. In addition to the three term limit, the Measure also calls for: lobbyist restrictions; revise lobbyist registration thresholds; contractors to comply with lobbying laws; extend elected officials' post-employment restrictions; required ethics training; and revised requirements for independent expenditures and campaign communications.
Supporters of Measure R such as the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, argue that limiting council members to three 4-year terms would “reduce the power and influence of City Hall bureaucrats and lobbyists.” Ultimately, these voters believe that Measure R is “the most effective way to make sure that City government is more honest, effective and accountable to the voters.”
Among those contesting the three term limit are Homeless Activist Ted Hayes, who is currently suing to challenge Measure R, and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. Opponents claim that the Ethics Commission was not even given an opportunity to review the Measure.
On July 17, Measure R was upheld. Superior Court Judge David Yaffe determined that since the Measure was not an initiative, it was not covered by the single-subject rule of the California constitution.