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After win in Sacramento, L.A. football stadium developer backs easing of term limits

Two months after state lawmakers exempted a football stadium proposed for the City of Industry from environmental laws, the sports venue’s developer has contributed $300,000 to a ballot measure that would allow future legislators to stay in one office longer.

Majestic Realty’s contribution is the largest so far to the group Californians for a Fresh Start, which hopes to collect 694,000 signatures to qualify a measure for the November 2010 ballot that would change the state’s legislative term limits.

The campaign committee is headed by Maria Elena Durazo, who led a lobbying campaign for the Industry stadium bill as executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO.

Currently there is a limit of three two-year terms for serving in the state Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate. The proposed ballot measure would allow legislators to serve 12 years in one house. It would only apply to legislators first elected after the ballot measure is approved.

A similar measure was pushed earlier this year by lawmakers but was defeated by voters.

Ronni Levine of the group Citizens Against the Stadium said it was "self-serving" for Majestic to bankroll the ballot measure easing term limits after the Legislature exempted the proposed pro football stadium from state environmental rules.

"I look at it as a way of returning a favor," Levine said.  Neither Durazo nor John Semcken, a vice president for Majestic Realty, could be reached for comment.

-- Patrick McGreevy

 
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"contributed $300,000 to a ballot measure"
Term limits are good for the voters of the county, city and state. For all elected offices and seats. Any attempt to change term limits is campaign contributors/special interests wanting more bang for they’re bucks contributed.
Corrupt Political Machines financed by these special interest groups want a return on they’re long term investments. Yes voters, it is that much money. Quid Pro Quo is the name of the game here. I give you millions you give me something I want!

I could only hope that there are insufficient signatures and no team is willing to give up ownership share to move here.

So Roski is paying $300 to get his EIR exemption. Politics as usual. Oh, I'm sure there was more money spread around.

I agree with Julian. This is a very good example why I will vote against relaxing term limits.

It looks a whole lot like a quid quo pro.

The Corrupt Political Machines are still working in CA. We are trying to be forced to take items that we do not want or need. Our leaders want a life time job for doing nothing to help the state. Our leaders are only helping themeselves, and bringing the state down. Maria Elena Durazo, is just another Corrupt union offical that helped Mayor Antonio get his start. I hope we can beat them again and again.

SO NOW YOU WILL PAY TO KEEP YOUR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP IN POWER A LITTLE LONGER! ITS NOTHING MORE THAN A CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE WRONG ELECTED IN OFFICE===MONEY CAN'T BUY YOU LOVE===THE STATES HIGH ECONOMY HAS BEEN KNOCKING AT THE DOOR AND HOW DO YOU ANSWER IT BY SPENDING MONEY IN HOPE OF THE FUTURE===FOOTBALL WON'T CURE ANTHING BUT JUST GIVE THEM ANOTHER PLACE TO SPEND THEIR THERE HARD EARNED MONEY AND TO EXERCISE THEIR PENT-UP AGGRESSION AND ANGER WHILE THE WHOLE TIME THERE HOMES ARE BEENING BURGLARIZED BY THEIR NEIGHBOR, AND IT ALL STARTED FOR $300.000 DOLLARS===GOOD LUCK===


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