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News Story
11/8/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The San Diego Union-Tribune VISTA -- Lawyer Paul Campo and teacher Steve Gronke took early leads last night in the race for two City Council seats. And two campaign-finance reform measures appeared headed toward approval, with Proposition V -- a council-authored measure -- slightly ahead of Proposition W. The proposition with the most votes...
News Story
11/3/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If politics is the art of the possible, then the first general election of the millennium is sadly signaling that possibilities in the political process exist only for professionals, not volunteers. Marketers, spin-directors and sound-bite cooks have annexed the political terrain of the season. Beyond the voting booth, the average citizen has...
News Story
11/2/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One of 2 election reform propositionsThe San Francisco Chronicle For campaign finance reformers and longshot supervisor candidates, Proposition O is a fantasy come true. If San Francisco voters pass the measure on Tuesday, every supervisor hopeful who raises $7,500 could get upwards of $60,000 in public funding. The proposition also limits how...
News Story
10/31/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Measure LL in Santa Monica Would Prohibit Officials from Accepting Gifts, Money or Jobs from Those Who Benefit From Their Votes.Los Angeles Times Voters in Santa Monica and two other California cities will consider a citizen-led ballot measure next week that supporters say would level the playing field of local politics by barring elected...
News Story
10/27/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Editorial EndorsementLA Weekly This measure, from the pen of longtime Ralph Nader associate Harvey Rosenfield, prohibits any city official who approves a city contract or other benefit from receiving a campaign contribution or gift from the recipient of that benefit for a six-year period. It is clearly directed at the time-honored American...
News Story
10/23/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington Times LOS ANGELES - Voters in six California cities will get a chance next month to pass pioneer reforms aimed at ending any special-interest influence on local decision-making. Using only volunteer petition carriers, allies of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader gathered 50,000 signatures last summer to qualify local...
News Story
10/10/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica Mirror Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Valerie Baker has ruled that The City of Santa Monica must print a rebuttal argument submitted by the backers of Proposition LL in the ballot pamphlet that all city voters will receive for the November election. The City had refused to print the rebuttal submitted by the Foundation for...
News Story
6/10/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
North County Times A state group that is tackling campaign finance reform one city at a time has succeeded in forcing Vista to put its initiative on the November ballot ---- and City Council members aren't happy about it. "These people are just using Vista ... it's Ralph Nader running for president," said Mayor Gloria McClellan. "I...
News Story
6/2/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Citizens Group Seeks Votes In Irvine, Five Other Cities Next Fall. Critics Say The Proposal Is Misguided And Would Be Ineffective.Los Angeles Times A citizens group unveiled a special ballot item Thursday that aims to restrain the hand of special interests in local governments across California, but some municipal officials have criticized the...
News Story
6/1/2000
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ballot measure would leave tricky question of political gifts to votersSan Francisco Examiner A consumers advocacy group says it has gathered enough signatures to allow San Francisco voters to decide whether city officials can accept campaign contributions and gifts from city contractors. But whether the measure, if passed, could survive a legal...