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Grassroots campaign finance measure set for 2020 ballot

Grassroots Alhambra members handing in paperwork in March to gather signatures for a petition to change election rules in Alhambra. Photo by Phoenix Tso.

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Alhambra , CA United States

A ballot measure that would impose limits on campaign donations and change the voting system for City Council from at large to by district officially has enough signatures to be on the 2020 ballot.

The Los Angeles County Registrar verified a petition to get the measure on the ballot had at least 6,145 valid signatures, informing Alhambra City Clerk Lauren Myles by letter on Oct. 25. This is the minimum number of signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot, the city clerk’s office confirmed.

Grassroots Alhambra notified the city in March of their intention to get this measure on the ballot and had been gathering signatures ever since.

The measure would to limit campaign donations to an unspecified amount in order to limit the influence of special interests in city elections. The measure would also limit Alhambra residents to voting for the City Council members running in their own district, instead of in every City Council race.

This would level the playing field in elections for candidates who don’t have as much money or name recognition in the city, Grassroots Alhambra said. Many other Los Angeles-area cities have changed their at large voting systems to by district, in order to increase diversity on their city councils.

The signatures will be presented to the current Alhambra City Council during their Nov. 13 meeting.

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3 thoughts on “Grassroots campaign finance measure set for 2020 ballot”

  1. This article explains how dark money and special interests promoted two of the candidates in the current election.
    https://coloradoboulevard.net/dark-money-special-interest-pacs-and-big-dollar-donations-invade-alhambra-2018-elections/

  2. We need this ASAP because the thousands are rolling in from big developers for the two establishment-backed council choices. And later, when they vote in favor of development and private big money interests, even though they sit down and have coffee with residents, hear from them, read letters from them, etc, and they STILL vote against the People, you’ll know exactly why: because they are BOUGHT AND SOLD and their donors will remind them that they belong to THEM!

    1. Here you can see the latest ‘investment’ developers have made in buying our local officials: https://www.facebook.com/informedalhambra/photos/pb.230635120949011.-2207520000.1541137875./248056192540237/?type=3&theater

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