Skelton: California initiative system needs reform
However, what was supposed to be an enlightened exercise in direct democracy is now a flawed wasted of money, says George Skelton in Thursday's column.
"More and more over the years, California’s initiative system has become a tool of the special interests and a plaything of the mega rich," he writes.
During this year’s 11 ballot measure campaigns, just 20 donors provided 69% of the $372 million spent.
Much of that came from two siblings, Molly and Charles Munger. Molly put $44 million behind her doomed campaign for Proposition 38, which would have raised income taxes primarily for schools. And Charles kicked in $37 million to push Proposition 32, which would curb unions’ political fundraising, and oppose Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-hike plan. Both of his efforts failed.
All of Skelton's columns are here.
Photo: Voters cast their ballot at a polling site at a private home in South Pasadena on Nov. 6. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times