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World Trade Week
WED | May 7
Aviation Committee Meeting
TUE | May 13
Grow Your Business
FRI | May 16
Accenture Pancakes & Politics
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WED | May 21
Mobility 21 Coalition Meeting
Focus on the San Fernando Valley with L.A. City Council President Pro Tempore Wendy Greuel
THU | May 22
Energy, Water & Environment Committee Meeting
THU | May 22
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
THU | May 22
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California came one step closer to unraveling the partisan paralysis that is crippling Sacramento today when the bipartisan coalition supporting the California Voters FIRST Act submitted more than 1.2 million signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2008 ballot. Now in the hands of voters, California Voters FIRST will fundamentally reform the redistricting process to make statewide elections more competitive and ensure that elected officials are more accountable to the people of their districts and the state.
This significant milestone was further bolstered as former Gov. Gray Davis joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at a news conference today pledging his support. Also announced was the support of both the California Democratic Council and the California Republican Assembly. These high-profile endorsements are testament to the strength of the initiative and the bipartisan desire to end the gridlock that is holding so many issues hostage in the state Legislature.
The California Voters FIRST Act will create a 14-person independent citizen’s commission comprised of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans and include representation of voters from neither major party. The measure creates a transparent process that requires support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents for approval of all new district lines. In a state as diverse as California, this type of inclusive and open process is the best approach for our state.
The L.A. Area Chamber is proud to be one of the initiative’s sponsors along with Common Cause, AARP and the League of Women Voters of California. The Chamber, like these other public interest groups, believes that the California Voters FIRST Act is critical to returning control over good government to the voters. In order to act on the issues Californians care about, whether it’s health care, education, transportation or other matters, our lawmakers must be held accountable for getting results. California Voters FIRST has the potential to do just that, and is now well on its way to becoming a reality.
As we move towards the November election, opponents will continue to criticize this approach and introduce far-reaching alternatives, which are just more of the same gerrymandering to protect incumbents. We urge California voters to scrutinize these proposals and join the growing bipartisan coalition supporting California Voters FIRST. We can not end partisan gridlock with even more partisan politics.
And that’s The Business Perspective.
Gary L. Toebben
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
The Business Perspective is a weekly opinion piece by Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
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