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July 23, 2014 California Commentary Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6: New Attack On People's Power We certainly understand the hostility that professional politicians exhibit against citizens using the tools of direct democracy. The People's right of initiative, referendum and recall are effective tools to control an indolent or corrupt legislature. The powers of direct democracy are enshrined in the California by Jon Coupal a significant weakening of the initiative process now is especially ironic given that three California State Senators have been forced out of office because of perjury convictions or indictments for corruption. This is sort of like the mayor of a small town coming out of a whorehouse to lecture the town . 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Politicians hate the initiative process. From their perspective, it allows the great unwashed and unsophisticated to deal with matters such as taxation, victims' rights, insurance and, most importantly, political reform. These are issues over which politicians strongly desire to exercise a legislative monopoly. Like any political process, however, direct democracy can be abused. Some matters are indeed complicated and not well suited to a sound-bite campaign. Also, special interests with a'lot of money can overwhelm the airwaves with TV and radio ads to convince a majority of voters (especially in a low turnout election) to pass something they might later regret. But is the traditional legislative process any better? Hardly. You could write a book on all the bills coming out of the Capitol that have had hugely negative unintended consequences. Perhaps the granddaddy of these is the ill-fated bill from several years ago dealing with energy regulation. Skyrocketing electric bills, bankruptcies and by requiring a 55% vote to amend or revise the Constitution except in a few instances which, at the moment, are too convoluted to explain. But if detractors of direct democracy believe that the process is too susceptible to special interest money now, imagine what it will be like when only the most wealthy and powerful interests will be able to mount the sort of campaign required to obtain the higher vote threshold. We fail to see what specific problem ACA 6 is designed to correct. If, as Assemblyman Gatto has opined in editorials, the Constitution is too cluttered with provisions that don't belong there the answer is simple - repeal.the stuff that is extraneous. Gatto is wrong in implying that it would take another signature drive to amend the constitution - the Legislature has the power to propose amendments that - of course - would ultimately have to be approved by the voters. But if there are matters that legislators believe don't belong in the constitution, they have a remedy now. As a proposed constitutional amendment, ACA 6 itself needs a two-thirds vote of each house to get to the ballot. We certainly hope it doesn't get that far. But we "brownouts" ensued. Californians are still paying the price for that legislative disaster. As for money corrupting the process, direct democracy is a rookie compared to the California legislature. Indeed, for the legislature to propose Pristine Home On 4.26 park-like acres. 3br, 2ba, 2car garage, hard wood, granite, 2 wells and huge steel building. Close to town and totally private. Solar Home - on 9 Level, Usable Acres. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2700 sq. ft. with 2 attached 2 car garages, Barn, RV Pad, Wrap Around Deck, Hot Tub, 2 Zone Heating and Air Conditioning. Many Custom features. Views to Pacific Ocean are indeed troubled that, shortly after amendments were taken on the floor of the Assembly, three Republicans have signed on as co-authors. We certainly hope that those legislators who recognize that the powers of direct democracy are a bulwark against tyrannical politicians will think twice before Kaaren Terry Carre St. Andre Paul Bieanie cell 619-417-o481 cell 619-922-9687 cell 760-484-7793 CA BRE LIC #o1231449 CA BRE LIC #01878143 CA BRE LIC # 0o872978 R.F.D. by MikeMarland signing on to this dangerous proposal. " ~= ~JNE WU~T'S~OUr =. 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