SOURCE: League of California Cities

October 08, 2005 16:39 ET

League of California Cities Votes Support for Proposition 76

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 8, 2005 -- Delegates to the League of California Cities' 107th Annual Conference today voted to support Proposition 76, the "Live Within Our Means Act" that is sponsored by Gov. Schwarzenegger and a number of other groups and individuals.

The 135-124 vote to support Prop. 76 came during the annual business meeting at the concluding general session of the League's annual conference. Steven Levitt, author of the bestselling book "Freakonomics," was the keynote speaker at the general session.

The membership decision on Prop. 76 was the culmination of three days of intense discussion during the annual conference, kicked off with a speech by the governor in which he urged the League membership to support the measure. Several weeks earlier the League board of directors had voted to adopt a neutral position on the measure.

The membership vote came as a result of a petition submitted during the League's Annual Conference by city officials who believed that the League should reconsider its neutral position on Prop. 76. Consistent with the League bylaws, these city officials gathered sufficient signatures to place a resolution before the League conference to support Prop. 76.

"The resolution process demonstrates the strength of the League's democratic process," said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie. "Our bylaws provide the means for city officials who disagree with a position to make their voices heard. In this instance, they were able to bring their views to the membership, and a majority of the delegates voting agreed with those views.

"The support position reflects the desire of a majority of the voting delegates to continue the strong Proposition 1A partnership we forged last year with Gov. Schwarzenegger and the California State Association of Counties," McKenzie added. "While people of goodwill can disagree about the measure, the League's position is now to support Prop. 76."

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