Bid to add county su­per­vi­sors ad­vances

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Pa­trick McGreevy pa­trick.mcgreevy @la­times.com

— The Los Angeles County Board of Su­per­vi­sors would be ex­panded from five to seven mem­bers and an elected chief ex­ec­u­tive post would be cre­ated un­der a mea­sure rec­om­mended Wed­nes­day by a state Se­nate panel de­spite op­po­si­tion from the county.

Two mem­bers of the county’s 2015-16 civil grand jury tes­ti­fied that the group felt the cur­rent gov­ern­ment is in­ad­e­quate for a county of more than 10 mil­lion res­i­dents. They said that if the county were a state, it would be the eighth-largest in the coun­try based on pop­u­la­tion.

“The board is too small to ad­e­quately serve the di­verse needs of county res­i­dents,” grand jury mem­ber Molly Mil­li­gan told the Se­nate Gov­er­nance and Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, be­fore its 5-1 vote to rec­om­mend Se­nate Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 12. The pro­posed statewide bal­lot mea­sure was in­tro­duced by Sen. Tony Men­doza (D-Arte­sia).

The pro­posal was op­posed by Phyllis Mar­shall, the chief leg­isla­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Los Angeles County, who noted that the pro­posal would al­low vot­ers statewide to de­cide the gov­SACRAMENTO er­nance struc­ture for one county.

“Vot­ers in other coun­ties do not have suf­fi­cient knowl­edge to vote on a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to change the gov­ern­ing struc­ture of Los Angeles County,” Mar­shall told the com­mit­tee be­fore the mea­sure was sent to another panel on its way to a pos­si­ble full Se­nate vote.

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