L.A. Stadium Rivals Give Big to Labor-Backed Term Limits Changes
L.A. Live Properties, LLC, a corporation controlled by conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz, has given $100,000 to a state campaign committee calling itself "Californians for a Fresh Start, a Coalition of Businesses, Businesspersons, and Working Men and Women."
Majestic Realty, the outfit run by the City of Industry's Ed Roski, has given $400,000.
Both men are seeking to build their own version of a new NFL stadium that could claim the San Diego Chargers as a tenant.
Their contributions are seen by political insiders as a way to curry favor and support by Democrats and big labor in the battle over who will build L.A.'s giant new sports venue and move in a team to occupy it, most likely over fierce objections by the team's former host city.
Californians for a Fresh Start--also backed by Los Angeles Democrat and billionaire Eli Broad, who gave $50,000, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which has kicked in at least $864,000, according to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission--is seeking passage of Propostion 28 on this June's ballot.
The measure, billed by its supporters as a way to reduce the total time a person can serve in the California legislature from 14 to 12 years, has drawn fire from critics who contend it actually dilutes the state's current law, which limits Asssembly terms to three and Senate terms to two.
According to the state Secretary of State's description, Prop 28 would amend the state constitution to reduce "the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years," but allow "a person to serve a total of 12 years either in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of both."
Last month, GOP pundit Jon Fleischman called the June ballot measure a "scam," noting "Proposition 28 doubles the amount of time a politician can be in the State Assembly and increases by 50% the amount of time a politician can serve in the State Senate."
He added: "An independent study by U.S. Term Limits showed that 80% of state legislators would have their time in office increased, not reduced, if term limits is weakened to allow a legislator to stay in office in one legislative chamber for 12 years straight."