The following is a press release from Scott Schmidt.
A group of three West Hollywood residents filed paperwork at City Hall to place an initiative measure on the
Initiative proponents Elyse Eisenberg, Sheila Lightfoot and Scott Schmidt are asking the City Council to place a simple question on the ballot during the next municipal election:
“Shall an ordinance be adopted providing that no person shall serve more than a total of three (3) terms as a member of the West Hollywood City Council, whether served consecutively or non-consecutively, with any portion of a term, whether elected or appointed, counting as a full term?”
“We are asking the City Council to let the voters have a say on term limits,” said proponent Scott Schmidt. “Since the voters of West Hollywood last considered a more restrictive version of term limits in 1997, LA City, LA County and the State of California have all come to agree that twelve years is enough time to accomplish one’s goals in public office—and that is what we are asking for in West Hollywood.”
“While all of the West Hollywood Council members have done many good things for the city during their tenure, these should not be lifetime positions,” said neighborhood advocate Elyse Eisenberg. “The direction and values of the city have strayed dramatically from its core values when first established in 1984. It is time for fresh faces and new visions which support the existing residents and local businesses.”
Initiative proponent Sheila Lightfoot added, “West Hollywood has so many creative, intelligent and engaged residents. We need term limits to give of them a chance to represent their friends, neighbors and local businesses over the monied interests.”
Schmidt concluded, “If the City Council refuses to put the question on the ballot, then the citizens will have the opportunity to sign a petition to put it on the ballot themselves.”
For more information on Term Limits for West Hollywood, please visit www.wehotermlimits.com.