Letters to the Editor: L.A. needs city charter reform. Nury Martinez and her colleagues show why voters need the city council in a second term. (April 21)
The Los Angeles City Charter already prohibits municipal officials from running for certain positions for more than two terms. That’s good governance. That’s why it’s our Constitution. Let’s also not forget, the city charter sets up a city council, with a mayor and 14 other members. The mayor’s chief responsibility is to call a city election when he or she chooses to do so. That’s good governance. That’s why it’s our Constitution. The council is the place to change the city charter.
In addition, the charter, by its terms, “shall be subject to change only by vote of the people voting in the election for an office to be filled at such election.” This means we can change the charter any time the electorate proposes to do so. This is basic democracy, and it will hold true even if we don’t have a charter to change.
It has been a pleasure to serve you in City Council. Thanks to you and others who have supported me. It has been fun. And it has been an honor to serve you as mayor. But I have a confession to make: It’s hard for me to give up the job. Even though I didn’t run for the position; and even though I can’t possibly compete with the caliber of people who will surely run for the job; and even though I will be replaced by the next mayor; and even though I am unable to serve you in the next term; I have no desire to leave a job I like so very much.
This is because I believe in the principle of government by the people, and I believe in this city. In fact, I believe the people of Los Angeles