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News Story
3/29/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Inland Valley Times Rather than wait to see what other cities will do, the City Council will challenge a popular ballot measure aimed at restricting the impact political donations have on city affairs. After several members of city commissions vowed to resign if Measure A is enforced, the council late Tuesday voted unanimously to challenge the...
News Story
3/28/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin The City Council voted late Tuesday to seek a court's opinion on the constitutionality of Measure A, the conflict-of-interest measure approved by voters March 6. Several city commissioners told the council they would probably resign if the measure takes effect. "This measure makes it very difficult for any...
News Story
3/28/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Former mayor, commission members say conflict-of-interest measure will dampen enthusiasm of professionals volunteering for city.Inland Valley Times As City Council members debated Tuesday whether to challenge a new conflict-of-interest law approved by voters this month, several city commissioners said they would resign if the law is enforced. The...
News Release
3/21/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Volunteers Ready to Comment on Multi-City California Initiative Victories for Nation's Strongest Campaign Reform As the Senate has begun to amend, and water down, the campaign finance reforms in the McCain-Feingold bill, citizen volunteers in California successfully enacted the strongest campaign finance provisions in the nation. Volunteers...
News Story
3/20/2001
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North County Times A court of appeals failed to rule that the campaign reform initiative that made it to Vista's ballot last year is unconstitutional and instead ruled the case as moot. A three-judge panel issued their decision last Thursday, putting an end to the legal battle between the city and the Oaks Project, the non-profit group behind...
News Release
3/20/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Court Rules Case Moot, 4 Initiatives In Effect Volunteers with the Oaks Project, sponsor of five initiatives to prevent political kickbacks across the state, celebrated a victory in the courts after a three-judge appeals panel ruled that a case brought against the initiative by the City of Vista was moot and directed the trial court to dismiss...
News Story
3/17/2001
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Claremont weighs next move with Oaks Initiative poised to take effectInland Valley Times The city's challenge to a new law that radically restricts political fund-raising was quashed when an appellate court chose not to decide on the law's constitutionality, officials said Friday. The decision means that the Oaks Initiative, approved...
News Story
3/13/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Perhaps you have seen some of the recent newspaper articles saying that many California lawmakers and energy companies are so concerned about our ability to challenge the bailout of the utility companies at the ballot box that they are trying to prevent us from doing so. (Cllick here to read the LA Times article and the Wall Street Journal...
News Story
3/9/2001
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Inland Valley Times Voters were in the mood Tuesday to put more limits on their elected officials, overwhelmingly passing a new law to restrict the influence of money in local government despite arguments that the proposed limits are unconstitutional. Measure A, the taxpayer protection amendment, passed in Claremont with 55% of the vote. In...
News Story
3/9/2001
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Pasadena Star-News An initiative aimed at keeping City Hall from going the way of Tammany Hall got a thumbs-up from voters Tuesday, winning with 60 percent. But the anti-corruption measure could wind up in court before it's enforced. "It really has major constitutional flaws," said Jon Fuhrman, a political activist who teamed up with current...