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Rules and Exceptions

May 2, 2010

Thankfully, my previous disillusionment with California’s initiative process has proven somewhat overblown, as supporters of a local fund protection measure submitted the necessary signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. While it’s unlikely that they used volunteers to secure the signatures, the measure won’t further any corporate interests and was not placed on the ballot by the Legislature so it could be said to represent the voice of the people, if local governments are close enough to the people to be considered essentially the same thing in this instance. This is a heartening development.

Still, the measure is ultimately a response to the negative effects of Prop. 13. Prop. 13 greatly reduced property taxes, which local governments rely on, and decreased the state’s ability to raise revenue. The result is that the state government picks from local governments’ pockets, the practice that this measure is trying to prevent, so the O.C. Register’s article shouldn’t receive much vindication from this.

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