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News Release
3/7/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Campaigns Demonstrate Statewide Desire for Campaign Reform Citizens celebrated a victory for clean government at the polls Tuesday when voters adopted the state's strongest anti-kickback protections in Claremont (Prop A garnered 55% of the vote) and Pasadena (Prop B received 60%). The all-volunteer campaigns were part of an unprecedented multi-...
News Story
3/3/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
EditorialClaremont Courier There exists no greater challenge to the quality of our political behavior than the role of money in election campaigns. Unfortunately, campaign contributions often are necesssary to gain access to a legislator. And most often, he or she who collects the most money for a campaign wins election. As a corollary to that...
News Story
3/2/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
EditorialPasadena Weekly An analysis by City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris says Measure B would prohibit city officials from accepting specified gifts, honoraria, income and campaign contributions from a person after the official makes or votes to approve certain public decisions in that person's favor. That sounds like pretty straightforward...
News Story
3/2/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
EditorialInland Valley Daily Bulletin The basic thrust of Measure A in Claremont is simple and unassailable: Public officials should not be taking money from those who have business with the city. The problem, as always with such issues, comes in finding a way to stop it. Shorn of its legalese, Measure A would prohibit city officials who make...
News Story
2/16/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Diego Union-Tribune A legal battle over two competing campaign finance measures on the November ballot in Vista isn't over yet. The measure sponsored by the City Council got the most votes, and attorneys for both sides in the dispute say it will remain law for now no matter what a three-judge appeals court rules. But yesterday, the 4th...
News Story
2/16/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
North County Times After failing to enact a campaign finance reform initiative in the city of Vista, the group behind the measure asked an appeals court Thursday to throw out a case challenging the initiative's constitutionality. "We're trying to go home now," said Attorney Fredric Woocher, who represented the Oaks Project at Thursday's hearing...
News Story
2/15/2001
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North County Times The group behind a failed campaign finance reform initiative that was challenged by the city of Vista will ask an appeals court today to throw out a ruling in the case that found the initiative was unconstitutional. "We're confident that the case will be thrown out tomorrow," said Carmen Balber, a staff organizer for the Oaks...
News Story
2/11/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Bakersfield Californian The dollars have been counted and the totals are mind-boggling. Incumbent 4th District Supervisor Ken Peterson spent nearly $500,000 to get re-elected, outspending his opponent, Cathy Palla, 4 to 1. It was a record, with the money pouring in from developers, unions, special interests and those doing business with the...
News Release
2/7/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
All-Volunteer Campaign a Sign of Citizens' Power, Desire for Conflict of Interest Protections Citizens celebrated a victory for clean government at the polls Tuesday with the passage of Prop B with 60% of the vote, instituting in Pasadena the state's strongest anti-kickback protections. The Prop B campaign was part of an unprecedented multi-...
News Release
2/7/2001
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
All-Volunteer Campaign a Sign of CitizensÕ Power, Desire for Campaign Reform Citizens celebrated a victory for clean government at the polls Tuesday with the passage of Prop A with 55% of the vote, instituting in Claremont the state's strongest anti-kickback protections. The Prop A campaign was part of an unprecedented multi-city effort by...