Sunday, October 9

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Opposes Democracy

Hat tip to GOPBlogger for this story.
As we noted yesterday, Arnold Schwarzenegger's reform proposals, which the dysfunctional state legistlature refused to enact, are doing well in polls. In the purest form of democracy we have, voters will directly determine whether the ballot propositions for teacher tenure, union dues, a state spending cap and redistricting pass. But Los Angeles mayor, "Democrat" Antonio Villaraigosa, does not approve of citizens being empowered to vote on these issues.

"I'm opposed to all of his initiatives," said Villaraigosa, a former state Assembly speaker, who had appeared eager to work with Schwarzenegger.

"In this instance it's very clear that the initiative process is being misused," Villaraigosa said. "These are matters that could and should be addressed by the Legislature."

But instead of allowing citizens to vote on issues, Democrats prefer to spend time overriding the clear will of the people on gay marriage and legitimizing illegal aliens.
Todd Harris, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger's campaign, said the governor decided to take the issues before voters in a Nov. 8 special election because the Legislature was unwilling to work with him.

"The governor could not agree with the mayor more that the Legislature should have worked with the governor to pass these reforms," Harris said. "Instead, the Legislature focused on its own priorities, things like gay marriage and drivers licenses for illegal immigrants."