L for losers

first_imgWhat’s next? Measure D, which would make council members dukes of their districts for life hidden within an initiative to lower taxes? Los Angeles Unified school board members are paid $24,000 a year currently, as part-time policymakers. But the compensation committee created by Measure L – a panel consisting entirely of political appointees – has no cap on what figure it can come up with. And there’s nothing voters can do about it. It’s true the measure limits individual campaign contributions for school board members to $1,000 – a limit that politicians at every level of government have found no problem getting around. And it does require the board to report all contributors to the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission – a cost that L.A. city taxpayers will bear. But still, there’s little comfort knowing that politicians successfully tricked Angelenos once again. IT’S alarming to think what Los Angeles’ politicians might come up with next, considering the success of Measure L on Tuesday. While practically no one in the city voted – 93 percent stayed away – those who did cast ballots were duped into endorsing a measure whose only reason for being was to reward the do-nothing school board with higher salaries. On its face, it seemed like a good-government initiative offering terms limits and finance limits. And it worked, winning nearly 68 percent of the vote. Politicians were gambling that it would, based on the success of Measure R in November. That time they tricked voters with a measure that seemed to limit terms, but actually gave L.A. City Council members a shot at four more years in office. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img