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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
  Beyond the Pale, but what can you expect from the PRC
L.A. Daily News - News: "In a unanimous closed-door decision, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to hire attorneys at taxpayer expense to help overturn voter-approved term limits on the district attorney and the county assessor -- a move requested by both officials.

Last year, Sheriff Lee Baca used taxpayer-paid lawyers to help exempt himself from term limits that voters approved in 2002. County government picked up his $19,800 legal tab.

'It's outrageous,' said Ron Roach, spokesman for the California Taxpayers Association. 'The will of the people has already been displayed. And they didn't even have the intestinal fortitude to do it (in) open session.

'Democracy in Los Angeles County is on hold. If they want to get rid of term limits, put it back on the ballot and let the people decide. Running through the back door of the courthouse is not the same thing as the electorate expressing their will.'

The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a request by District Attorney Steve Cooley and Assessor Rick Auerbach to get permission from the Attorney General's Office to file lawsuits against the county seeking to invalidate the voter-approved measure limiting them to three consecutive terms in office."
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