Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Coto de Caza Government Paradox

The Coto de Caza Government Paradox

California is the direct democracy capital of the nation. California uses the direct initiative process, which enables voters to bypass the Legislature and have an issue of concern put directly on the ballot for voter approval or rejection. There are two types of initiatives that can be placed on the ballot: 1) statute revision, which requires signatures equal to five percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election, and 2) constitutional amendment, which requires signatures equal to eight percent of the Governor's total vote in the preceding gubernatorial election.

As a direct consequence of the direct democracy, Governor Grey Davies was recalled and replaced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

In a speech September 16, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, through a spokesperson, asserted that "respect for the will of the people" compels him to veto the legislature's bill that attempts to recognize same-sex marriage for in-state residents. The Governor's reference to "the people" is apparently to Proposition 22, an initiative passed by California voters in 2000 that placed into the statute books the following single sentence: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
In attempts to get rid of the most corrupt delegate and cumulative voting systems in the Coto de Caza local government, we advanced a proposal, that was never even acknowledged by the Varo/Mezger/Hill board of directors. A few months later, the California legislature spoke, and god rid of the district delegate system and cumulative voting. Immediately industry lawyers got to work trying to find loops holes to maintain the status quo, and the Varo/Mezger/Hill decided to go along for the ride.
With arrogance and in a blatant attempt to squelch the voice of the people, the Varo/Mezger/Hill announced that Coto de Caza would continue with the delegate and cumulative voting system despite the recently enacted law – not even waiting to see the results of the 2006 board of directors election. Their worse case scenario was that regardless of the results of the election, they would still control the board 3-2 – ramming the status quo down the Coto resident’s throats!

We do not make jokes, we simply watch the Coto de Caza Board of directors, the LA Trash and the Orange Crud Repository and report the facts

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