A partisan world
As most readers who read my column know, I’m not really a politician. While in my youth (a lot) I subscribed to a particular party, I find that today I no longer affiliate with one party or the other. For me, both have major flaws that I just can’t ignore – and both support issues that I agree with.
I was interested last week to learn that the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors decided to move forward to have a charter amendment seeking approval to remove an elected official – in this case, the sheriff . Our representative, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, was the only one to vote against the proposed amendment. Among his comments, if approved, the amendment “sets a dangerous precedent and creates a slippery slope for the Board of Overseers to override the will of voters.”
I couldn’t agree more. If voters want to recall the sheriff, district attorney, governor, or other elected official, voters must organize and implement a recall. In many cases, the re-election of the offensive manager is imminent anyway; it seems that it would be up to the Supervisory Board, either as a group or individually, to ask voters to vote to oust him. To me, it seems to me that the oversight board is really overstepping its authority by going ahead with a charter amendment.
As Barger said, “I remain concerned that this action, as approved by the Board of Directors, dilutes the voice of Los Angeles County voters and deepens voter apathy.” Surely, how are voters supposed to think their votes matter if a government body overturns their votes?
However, I am not naive. Let’s face it: some of the ballot measures were convoluted at best. Voting yes is actually a vote versus a proposal or a measure? It is certainly confusing.
Ultimately, however, it is the voters’ responsibility to sit down and read the measures, proposals and candidate statements that will be voted on. If they don’t, California may (some think we have) end up with a government that is only interested in attaining and retaining power and money.
I was so touched by the responses to last week’s column regarding the call to action to help Kaipo Chock. As you recall, Kaipo was president of the CV Chamber of Commerce and active in several local nonprofits. He moved to Arizona with his family a few years ago and has since been diagnosed with FTD (frontotemporal dementia) and is now hospitalized. A GoFundMe page has been created (https://tinyurl.com/2j228a8h). For those who don’t like GoFundMe, drop us a note or check here at CV Weekly (3800 La Crescenta Ave. #206, La Crescenta) and we’ll make sure the Chock family gets it.
While I know they have a “big ask” (they hope to raise $100,000 for Kaipo’s care), I’m also confident we can meet it. Please take a moment now to donate.