CA Term Limits PAC Endorses Efforts To Qualify Term Limits Initiative In West Hollywood; Deploys Resources On The Ground

September 17th, 2012 flash

Last month a group of grassroots activists and community activists in the city of West Hollywood filed an initiative to place the issue of term limits for their City Council on the March ballot in 2013.  This initiative would limit Council Members to three four-year terms and then impose a lifetime ban on future service.  While there is a strong effort locally to gather the necessary signatures to qualify this measure, at the request of leadership of this local term limits movement, California Term Limits PAC has endorsed this effort and to assist materially to get this matter before the local voters.

CA Term Limits PAC has made a significant investment to deploy paid signature gatherers in the city of West Hollywood to augment the work being done by local volunteers, and help to ensure that the voters of the city will be able to vote on term limits for their city council this coming March.

“A primary goal of the California Term Limits PAC is to assist with local efforts to qualify and pass term limits at the local government level all around the state,” said Jon Fleischman, President of California Term Limits.  “West Hollywood is a classic example of where you have a small group of city insiders who have been serving on the council, in most cases, for decades.  Term limits ensure citizen representatives instead of career politicians, and West Hollywood is a city that definitely needs them.”

“Ours is a quintessential grassroots effort made up of citizen volunteers committed to gathering enough signatures to put term limits on the March ballot here in West Hollywood,” said Sheila Lightfoot, a local leader in the WeHo term limits effort. “We think that after a period of time, elected officials should return to private life and others should have the opportunity to serve.  We are so pleased that California Term Limits PAC has endorsed our initiative and is helping us by augmenting our efforts to gather registered voter signatures on our petitions in this final stretch toward our goal.”

“We’re grateful for the support of California Term Limits to help us qualify our initiative for the ballot in West Hollywood,” added another WeHo local term limits leader, Scott Schmidt.  “Their support is a vote of confidence in our volunteer effort. California Term Limits understands that whether it is in West Hollywood or Sacramento, elected officials need an expiration date, or else they lose their focus and ambition and become too cozy with donors and lobbyists.”

“We already have deployed paid signature gatherers in West Hollywood who have already gathered hundreds of signatures and will collect many more in our efforts to assist local term limits activists in reaching their goal,” added Fleischman. A total of 2350 valid signatures of registered West Hollywood voters must be turned into the City Clerk by September 26, 2012.  To ensure that enough valid signatures are turned in, it is the intention of the local West Hollywood Term Limits Committee to exceed that number by a significant amount.

If you are interested in helping with the grassroots effort to qualify term limits in West Hollywood, you can get involved by going to their website here:  You can find out more about California Term Limits at www.CATermLimits org.

Californians For Term Limits Officially Launches!

August 27th, 2012 CA Term Limits

Today the formation of Californians for Term Limits, a non-profit 501©4 non-profit advocacy organization, was officially announced.

This organization, which promotes citizen activism, supports term limits for politicians at every level of government for three core reasons:

  • Every politician should ultimately have to return back to private life and live under the laws and regulations that they have promulgated while in office.
  • Special interest groups so dominate the political process that often an election to office would become a lifetime gig, as their special interests keep re-electing incumbents.
  • We believe that with term limits in place, instead of attracting career politicians, we attract citizen representatives who are more in touch with the people.

Longtime term-limits advocate Jon Fleischman has been named President of California Term Limits.

“California Term Limits will focused on defending term limits for our statewide offices, strengthening them for our state legislators, and for establishing strong term limits wherever possible in local governments around our large state,” said Fleischman.  “We also focus on encouraging California’s 53 Members of Congress and two U.S. Senators to sign the U.S. Term Limits pledge to support a two-term limit for U.S. Senators and a three-term limit for Members of Congress.  We will also actively engage in exposing and providing public education about those candidates for office who we believe to be term limits scofflaws.”

California Term Limits will work closely with U.S. Term Limits, as well as with local activists and groups around California who are advocating for term limits for politicians in their communities.

“U.S. Term Limits is excited about the official formation of California Term Limits,” said Phil Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits.  “Term Limits is a national grassroots movement, but it is critical that this citizen movement be organized on a state-by-state level.  Term limits has enjoyed broad, bipartisan support in California, and have in fact been adopted not only statewide for politicians, but in a great many of California’s counties and cities.  We look forward to working with California Term Limits to work to see more citizen representatives and fewer career politicians.”

Term limits is one of the largest grass-roots movements in American history.  Nationally, term limits have been place on 15 state legislatures, eight of the ten largest cities in America (which includes Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose).  37 states place term limits on their constitutional officers.

California Term Limits, Inc., is a 501©4 Advocacy Organization