As Reported in Orange Juice:
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.
Meanwhile...Here in Santa Ana:
Measures D and E won - but not by a huge margin. The No side made up some ground by the time the final votes were tallied, but the Yes side prevailed 53.8% to 46.2% The difference was 2,010 votes...
The Yes side poured a ton of money into this race....The money came largely from unions and developers, even though the Measure D campaign promised to limit the influence of special interests. That might be the biggest lie made by Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Council Member Sal Tinajero in their respective political careers.
Councilwoman Michele Martinez had this to say about the backers of Measure D:The measure’s success shows that “those interest groups and those developers run the city...”
Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez, who ran the Measure D campaign out of her house, had a typically crazed reaction to the election results. Here is what she had to say, according to the OC Register:
The measure’s success, she said just before midnight, shows that city residents “obviously believe in the work that we’re doing.”
The council, she said, is making progress on addressing Santa Ana’s problems; and the longer term limits “gives us four more years to continue to work on that progress.”
“I think we’re going to be in great shape in Santa Ana,” she added.
Apparently Claudia has been smoking something (maybe a Hookah?). The results showed that almost half the voters did not buy the B.S. that the Measure D campaign was slinging.
When nearly half the people who voted in the city show their displeasure with something important to the future of that community there is something wrong in that community that needs to be addressed.
Are the current holders of public office in Santa Ana addressing issues in this city in the best way possible (SEE: Santa Ana City Council to move alternating meetings and won't televise them until 2008 and Santa Ana City Manager says Renaissance Plan will likely change to "overlay concept") ??
Many don't think so, and those people may now be inspired to work harder to run them out of town at the next election opportunity.
Time will tell.
Then there's this news: Measure D may have been all for naught.