L.A. Area Chamber helps launch Yes on Prop 11 Radio Ad Campaign

“Legislature” Radio Ad Highlights The Need For Change In Sacramento

October 6, 2008

Sacramento, CA – The Yes on Prop. 11 campaign, led by AARP, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of California and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce hit the air waves today with “Legislature,” a radio ad that highlights the dysfunction that dominates California’s Legislature and the need for reform that gives voters the ability to hold the politicians accountable for producing results.

“It is no secret that our current system is broken. Exhibit A is the 85-day budget stalemate that cost the people of California dearly. Not to mention the other important issues that year after year that we hear the politicians talk about, but they never address, like education, healthcare, infrastructure investment, and the list goes on and on,” said Jeannine English, AARP California State President. “This ad is designed to let voters know that Prop 11 will give them the power to hold politicians accountable.”

Prop. 11 will take away legislators' power to draw their own district lines and guarantee their own reelection - whether they do their jobs or not. Under the current system, there is very little turnover or competition once someone is elected to office. In the last 314 legislative and Congressional elections, just one seat changed party hands in California. Instead, this power to draw district lines will be put into the hands of voters through an open and transparent process.

“Gerrymandered seats produce gridlock, not solutions. Safe seats that protect incumbents mean a lack of accountability as evidenced by the fact that almost no seats change parties in the legislature,” said Janis R. Hirohama, President of the League of Women Voters of California. “Voters are frustrated and want reforms, like Prop. 11, that will force legislators to pay attention to voters and listen to their constituents.”
 
Prop. 11 was carefully crafted by the League of Women Voters of California, AARP, Common Cause, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and other groups and associations through a collaborative, non-partisan process. Since its inception, momentum behind this reform effort has continued to grow. To date, a broad and bipartisan coalition of over 1700 organizations and individuals has formed to support Prop. 11.

“This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans – it’s about giving voters the power to choose in meaningful elections,” said Kathay Feng, Executive Director of California Common Cause. “This ad is all about the importance of holding politicians accountable and forcing them to earn our votes. If they can’t do any better than they did this year, Prop. 11 will make it easier to vote them out of office.”
 
Prop. 11 will create a 14-person independent citizens commission to draw fair legislative districts - keeping communities, cities and counties intact. The commission will be comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans and four individuals from neither major party.  Under Proposition 11, the redistricting process will be open with opportunity for public input.

“At a time when businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and when the economy is struggling, we need our state government to function and we need our legislators to address the real issues,” said Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “Voters are looking for change in Sacramento and Prop. 11 is that vehicle, on behalf of the many business, good government, community, Republican and Democratic organizations supporting this measure, we ask California voters to take action to change Sacramento to vote YES on this reform on Election Day.”

“Legislature” begins airing today on stations throughout California.

Click here to download an mp3 of “Legislature.”

The full text of “Legislature” is below:
 
ANNOUNCER: PAID FOR BY YES ON 11 - HOLD POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE, A COALITION OF CONSUMER, SENIOR, PUBLIC INTEREST, TAXPAYER, COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS GROUPS AND LEADERS, CHARLES MUNGER, JR. AND REED HASTINGS.

POLITICIAN: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE WE TABLE THE MEASURE…

MAN: THE POLITICIANS STARTED IN JANUARY –LET’S SEE WHAT THEY GOT DONE. FIRST, THE BUDGET…

WOMAN: LATE AND NOT BALANCED.

MAN: REFORMING HEALTH CARE? FIXING SCHOOLS? DEALING WITH THE WATER CRISIS? ENERGY COSTS?

WOMAN: THAT’D BE A NO.

MAN: SO WHAT ARE THEY DOING UP IN SACRAMENTO?

WOMAN: DRAWING THEIR SALARIES, TAKING JUNKETS, DRIVING STATE CARS, BEING PAMPERED BY STAFF AND DROPPING BY THEIR OFFICES TO MEET WITH LOBBYISTS.

MAN: WE HAVE TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

WOMAN: THAT’S WHY WE NEED PROP 11. IT’LL HELP END THE GRIDLOCK BY FORCING POLITICIANS TO PAY ATTENTION TO VOTERS – AND IF THEY DON’T,  IT MAKES IT EASIER TO VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.

MAN: REAL POLITICAL REFORM.

POLITICIAN: WE ARE RECESSED UNTIL, OH, WEDNESDAY.

WOMAN: HELP THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, AARP AND DOZENS OF OTHER CITIZEN GROUPS CLEAN UP THE MESS IN SACRAMENTO. YES ON 11. CHECK IT OUT AT YES PROP 11.ORG.

For more information visit www.yesprop11.org.

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For more information about Proposition 11 visit www.prop11yes.org.

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