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Term Limits Win A Place On Ballot
The La Mesa City Clerk has notified the La Mesa Term Limits supporters, that the signatures they gathered had passed inspection, clearing the way for a vote by the city's voters in the November election.
"I've done enough of these efforts to know you never know if everything was done right until you get the word,'' said Bill Baber, the local political operative, who helped organize the term limit petition process. "We're glad it is done and now it is up to the voters.''
Baber (in photo right), currently serves on the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board and is a candidate for La Mesa City Council in November. He said he expects the proposal, which would limit the mayor and City Council members to three consecutive terms, will pass. Term Limit proposals have met with pretty consistent success when they get to the referendum stage.
But Baber said the group won't be taking anything for granted and plans an aggressive campaign. It's supporters have signs hanging in business windows scattered through the city already.
La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, who opposes the Term Limit effort when its supporters sought council approval, said he remains opposed to the proposition.
"La Mesa has had term limits for 100 years,'' he said Thursday morning. "They are called elections."
Madrid said this was just another attempt to take authority away from the voters and limit their choices.
Madrid has served in elected office for more than four decades and was often used as a poster-boy for the need for limits by the workers gathering signatures to force the referendum. However, the limits are not likely to apply to Madrid because they would not be retroactive. The mayor would still have 12 more years to serve if re-elected before any term limit would affect him. By then, Madrid would be more than 90 years old.
Madrid, however, has said his current re-election effort in November will be his last run for the mayor's job he's held for more than two decades.