AB 890: ENDS Local Citizen Ballot Measures



By Stephen Frank

This may be the worst piece of legislation for the rights of self government, ever.  This is what the bill does:

“In the name of environmental protection, this measure could bring to a halt most citizens’ initiative efforts at the local level. How do they engineer this audacious power grab?

  1. Require proponents to submit their initiative proposal to county planning officials.
  2. Require county planners “to determine if the activity proposed by the measure has the potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment.”
  3. If planners determine that the measure could meet either of these conditions, then local officials notify the initiative proponent that “the proposed initiative cannot be adopted by the initiative process.”
  4. That’s it. Game over.

So here’s the question to the hapless county planner: Can you ensure that this proposal will not have an indirect physical effect on the environment? Can you prove a negative? Who in his right mind would answer “yes?” Especially since an affirmative answer would inevitably lead to litigation.

The effect is clear—the end of citizen involvement in local politics.  When this happens expect voter turnout to go down and people’s involvement in city council meetings, school board meetings to end, quickly.  AB 890 tells citizens not to get involved in their government, you do not have the right to a say.  This was written in Sacramento—maybe the Congress needs to investigate if this was actually written by Russians or Cubans—no American would write this.  What do you think?

Related Article: Commentary: Legislation Would Upend Local Citizens’ Initiatives

Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant. http://capoliticalnews.com/

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One Response to AB 890: ENDS Local Citizen Ballot Measures

  1. William Hicks April 2, 2017 at 5:20 am


    It will be the final death knell to representative government by and for the people in California.


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