L.A. Area Chamber Statement on Los Angeles City Council Resolution to Oppose Proposition 11


October 21, 2008

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is disappointed in the Los Angeles City Council’s resolution to oppose Proposition 11 – the Voters FIRST Act – which will bring fair redistricting reform to California and help end partisan gridlock in Sacramento.  

“The actions taken by the L.A. City Council to oppose Prop. 11 will only perpetuate the status quo in Sacramento, which most people find unacceptable,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our system is broken in part because of our gerrymandered legislative districts.   Prop. 11 is the first step in creating a fair redistricting process that will ultimately lead to more competitive elections and hold our politicians accountable.”

Co-authored by the L.A. Area Chamber, Prop 11. will create a 14-member independent citizen commission to redraw district lines in a transparent and nonpartisan process – helping to end the inherent conflict of interest that empowers lawmakers to redraw their own district boundaries and choose their voters.  Prop. 11 is supported by a broad and bipartisan coalition of nearly 2,000 consumer, senior, public interest, taxpayer, community and business groups statewide.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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