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Proponents of Term Limits for Board of Supes to Try Again

Want to limit term to 12 years as a way to inject new perspectives and limit control of campaign contributors

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An initiative to limit the terms of Marin County supervisors to no more than 12 years will have to begin from scratch after the county has ruled that the petition was written in a way that violated California’s term limit law, the Marin IJ is reporting.

The petition drive was spearheaded by the Marin Republican Party as a way to inject fresh blood into the office. But county administrators ruled that the authors of the petition erred in the wording by applying rules retroactively, according to the IJ. 

Under the way the original language of the petition was written, veterans such as Supervisor Steve Kinsey would not be allowed to run for office in the next election.

Proponents of the term limits, who including the Marin GOP and Novato supervisorial candidate Toni Shroyer, have said they will try again.

"The purpose of this initiative, by limiting the number of terms a county supervisor may serve, is to nurture a strong county government by developing its civic leaders from our creative and diverse citizenry; promote a citizen government by fostering increased said diversity, and competition, through rotation in office; prevent the establishment of entrenched incumbency and limit the control of campaign contributors in county government," the initial statement said.

"If a member of the Board of Supervisors cannot accomplish their goals in 12 years, they will not accomplish them in 30."

After the petition is reviewed by county attorneys, backers have 180 days to gather at least 11,418 signatures from registered voters to put the issue on the ballot.

Click here to read more about the effort

What do you think? Do you support term limits for Marin County Board of Supervisors?
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 November 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Please note this is a nonpartisan initiative. I have been a Democrat since I was 18. I think it is important to work across the aisles between party lines to get things accomplished. Marin County can set the example with this initiative. I am told by the volunteer coordinator there are more Democrats than any other party who have volunteered to obtain signatures for this initiative by a 2 to 1 margin. The Mill Valley City Council only serve two terms. The President has term limits as does our state Assembly.
Craig Belfor November 24, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I posted this elsewhere, but this experiment I heard reminds me of this problem here.: If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result... all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it. Now, put the cold water away. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment...... with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the "team". Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana. Why, you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been! This, is how politics operates... and this is why, from time to time: ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
MakaylaP November 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Craig: Your analogy is entertaining and speaks truth
Craig Belfor November 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM
People are like zebras. ever watch the nature shows where the lion or crocodile gets one of them, the others just shrug and move on? They must be thinking "sucks, but at least it's not me". Most people vote for the incumbent as long as they still have their job and home. They don't see the future until it's too late. Our representatives' job is to plan our future, but we elect them on speeches but never look at them again until our neighborhood, job, or home is in danger. It's too late then. Politicians must be rotated to get out the bums that stay due to complacency. Look at Kinsey. He used his position on the planning commission to build an illegal addition to his home without permits, yet he's still in government because most people don't care, as long as it wasn't next door to their house. You don't think he'll take a fat envelope to approve affordable housing in your neighborhood? If we're too dumb to vote him out, let's just rotate him out. An idiot is still better than a crook.
Tom James November 25, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I've always been opposed to the idea of a person making a living as a politician. You should have to make a living with a real job, ideally having had to make a payroll. And I don't think you should be able to collect a generous pension after having served in office for only a couple of terms.
Roger November 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I will vote for term limits.


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