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Los Angeles County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Measure R
Councilmember Term Limits of Three Terms; City Lobbying, Campaign Finance and Ethics Laws
City of Los Angeles

Charter Amendment & Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 375,433 / 59.53% Yes votes ...... 255,242 / 40.47% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Dec 3 2:14pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (1,799/1,799)
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Shall the Charter be amended and ordinance adopted to: change Councilmember term limits to three terms; restrict lobbyists from making campaign contributions, gifts and becoming commissioners; revise lobbyist registration thresholds; require contractors certify compliance with lobbying laws; extend elected officials' post-employment restrictions; require ethics training; and revise requirements for independent expenditures and campaign communications?

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L.A. City Election Division
Organizations In Favor

Reform L.A.
Organizations Opposed

NOT PropR Coalition
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Arguments For Measure R Arguments Against Measure R
Our City government needs reform.

Proposition R has tough new ethics reforms and term limits that will make City government more honest, effective and accountable to voters. It will reduce the power and influence of special interests and their paid lobbyists.

That's why the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce initiated this reform.

  • A YES vote on Proposition R establishes a limit of three terms on City Councilmembers to reduce the power and influence of City Hall bureaucrats and lobbyists.

  • A YES vote on Proposition R prohibits City officials from accepting free gifts from lobbyists. That means no more free meals, and no more tickets to sporting events and concerts.

  • A YES vote on Proposition R prohibits lobbyists from making campaign contributions to City Councilmembers, bars lobbyists from being appointed to an City Board or Commission, and imposes tough reforms on contract bidders.

  • A YES vote on Proposition R toughens disclosure rules for the millions of dollars of independent expenditures that are made in City elections. Proposition R will also require greater disclosure by candidates in all of their political advertisements.

  • A YES vote on Proposition R prohibits former elected City officials from lobbying any City agency or department for two years after leaving City service.

  • A YES vote on Proposition R requires City Councilmembers, their staff and City Commissioners to attend mandatory ethics training.

Proposition R is the most effective way to make sure that City government is more honest, effective and accountable to the voters.

Please join us in voting YES on Proposition R!

President, League of Women
Voters of Los Angeles

Former Mayor of Los Angeles

Co-Founder, Citywide
Alliance of Neighborhood
Councils of Los Angeles

President and CEO,
United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Chairman, Los Angeles Area
Chamber of Commerce

Political Science Professor

President, United Firefighters
City of Los Angeles


"THE PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES HAVE BEEN CHEATED." - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo on Measure R

If you believe in open, transparent government…

If you believe in strong ethics rules that limit powerful lobbyists…

If you believe politicians must be honest with voters…

Reject Measure R.

Measure R was written BY lobbyists. City Attorney Delgadillo says Measure R "weakens current ethics laws, places the city in legal peril and is misleading to the voters."

Measure R will hide lobbyists from public view until after they win favors for a client.

It throws transparency out the window.

Measure R doesn’t say what it really does: lengthen city council term limits. Politicians think you’ll only approve an extension if it’s hidden in “ethics reforms.” Why not just be honest and ask voters for another term?

The City Council rushed to approve Measure R for the ballot only hours after receiving it, just to keep their jobs for four more years, and:

  • rejected your City Attorney’s legal advice;
  • refused to allow your Ethics Commission to review the proposal - although voters created this independent watchdog group to oversee ethics rules;
  • denied the People the same chance to be heard as the Chamber of Commerce;
  • inadequately notified your Neighborhood Council, as the City Charter requires;

Even the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored Measure R, says “Voters deserve a frank, open discussion” of these issues. But voters never got that.

Instead we got sham “ethics” changes rushed through City Hall.

Ethics Commissioner Bill Boyarsky called Measure R “outrageous” and said the City Council “showed absolute contempt for the Ethics Commission.” (Los Angeles Times, 8-3-06)

The Daily News says Measure R “has nothing to do with reforming ethics and everything to do with confusing voters into voting for this ill-begotten scheme.”

Measure R: Rubbish.

Vote No.

Member, Neighborhood
Council Review Commission

Former Vice President,
Board of Neighborhood Commissioners

Board Member, Pico Union
Neighborhood Council

President, Sherman Oaks
Homeowners Association

Chair, Empowerment Congress
Southeast Area Neighborhood
Development Council

Former Co-Chair, Silver Lake
Neighborhood Council

Board Member, Arroyo Seco
Neighborhood Council

Member, League of Women Voters - Los Angeles

Board Member, Coastal
San Pedro Neighborhood Council

Chair, Valley Alliance of
Neighborhood Councils

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