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Union Wants Term Limits for S.D. Supervisors

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Aired 7/14/09

A local union wants term limits imposed on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says a union member filed paperwork today that begins the process of putting term limits on the ballot.

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Above: Voice of San Diego reporter Rob Davis talks with Gloria Penner about the proposal to have term limits for the Board of Supervisors.

— A local union wants term limits imposed on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says a union member filed paperwork today that begins the process of putting term limits on the ballot.

The current Board of Supervisors hasn’t changed since 1995. But the Service Employees International Union Local 221 thinks it’s time for new representation. Union member and long time county employee Margaret Johnson has filed paperwork that would let voters decide if the supervisors should be subject to term limits.

“This country was built on the principle that monarchies are not okay. The President of the United States can only serve two terms, yet the Board of Supervisors have the ability to serve for life,” she says.

Johnson says the Supervisors are caught up in special projects and have lost touch with average San Diego residents. The union needs to collect at least 77,000 valid signatures by November 2, 2009 to get the issue on the June 2010 ballot.

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