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Undemocratic voting

July 24, 2017

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

The bill that would limit citizen initiatives against development is now in the state Senate, and will be heard in committee in August. The SF supes will vote again Tuesday/25 on a resolution opposing it, after Sups. Malia Cohen and Ahsha Safai tried to sideline it last week.

If you want to hear an interesting discussion on the bill, the author, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, and former state Sen. Mark Leno, who opposes the measure, had a lively debate on KPFA last week. You can listen to it here.

Leno argued that the measure creates an undemocratic supermajority – something James Madison argued against in Federalist Paper 58. “Forty-six percent will have more power than 54 percent,” Leno said…

San Francisco’s legislative delegation would be pushing, is that this bill (like the Ellis Act) is going to have unintended consequences, most likely in San Francisco. The measure as it is would apply only to cities with a population of more than 750,000. Why not raise that number to 1 million, Leno asks – exempting San Francisco?

Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting both voted for the bill as it is. Perhaps Sen. Scott Wiener can offer that amendment. Anyone want to bet?… (more)


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