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Voters Approve Term Limits For Supervisors

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Aired 6/9/10

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will have to come to terms with a decision by voters to limit how long supervisors can serve.

— The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will have to come to terms with a decision by voters to limit how long supervisors can serve.

Preliminary results for Proposition B: Term Limits for San Diego County Supervisors. Updated 6/9/10 at 11 a.m.

Above: Preliminary results for Proposition B: Term Limits for San Diego County Supervisors. Updated 6/9/10 at 11 a.m.

San Diego county voters approved term limits for the Board of Supervisors. The current board hasn’t changed since 1995. The measure was largely supported by labor unions. Supervisors will now be limited to two four year terms. But Supervisor Dianne Jacob said she doesn’t believe the vote reflects dissatisfaction with the current board.

“There’s an undercurrent that’s going on nationally, statewide and San Diego County is no different,” she said. “There’s a lot of anger out there and I think people are grasping at whatever they can.”

Jacob said she and the other supervisors face reelection every four years and can be voted out if people are unhappy with them. The measure won’t force anyone out of office right away. Each supervisor can serve two more terms before having to leave office.

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Avatar for user 'Heretic'

Heretic | June 9, 2010 at 9:22 a.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

Anger? "The current board hasn’t changed since 1995." 15 years! Term limits are about proper board governance, not anger. "Rotation is a healthy and natural way of providing change and necessary transformation for a board. Bringing in new board members on a regular basis helps keep away stagnation and provides the board opportunities for renewal." -- BoardSource

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CaliforniaDefender | June 9, 2010 at 4:23 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

A political office is not a career. It is temporary service to the people, a side-track in one's employment history. But ultimately this is the fault of the voters, for they are the ones who are too lazy to research candidates and make informed decisions. Instead they simply vote for who they see the most on TV.

I applaud the passage of term limits on the supervisors, but this will not fix our broken democracy.

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