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Activists Ask Council to Put Term Limits on Ballot

A group that wants term limits put on the City Council is asking the people it seeks to limit to put their measure on the ballot.

A group of activists is asking the City Council to put a measure on the ballot that would limit their own terms on the council.

The group tried to get term limits on the ballot by collecting signatures, but the county Registrar of Voters rejected the petition after conducting a check on a random sample of the signatures and finding too many to be invalid.

Patrice Lynes, the head of the activists gathering signatures for the measure, said putting it on the ballot would be an honorable thing to do. "I think that would be fair," she told the Californian.

The measure would limit a city council member from serving more than two consecutive terms with a proviso letting them run again after sitting out for four years.

Out of the 500 signatures checked, only 364 were deemed valid, according to the registrar. This means only 3,915 signatures would likely be valid. A minimum of 4,136 were needed to put the measure on the ballot.

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Alan Salls April 28, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Haven't we heard enough from this group. Their signature list list didn't pass muster. They failed. Now they want to win anyway, "just because". Geez! The City Council does a fine job just as they are. We don't need term limits. Take the hint and go away........... :)
KB April 28, 2012 at 07:24 AM
There could have been errors in the sampling and/or bias.
KB April 28, 2012 at 07:27 AM
I don't think they do a fine job, and I for one have had enough of professional politicians.
Popeye April 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Waste of time. Vote them out if you got an issue. We do not want unqualified people running giving the citizens no choice...
wolfcreek April 28, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I moved to Temecula because it was being run very well. I believe term limits really get rid of good experienced people. Vote them out if you do no think they are doing the right thing. Very simple. VOTE
wolfcreek April 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM
But there are no errors when it is time to vote at the next election. That is when the voters of Temecula decide.
KB April 28, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The term limits proposed were very modest and sorely needed. After 2 terms a council member could run again after sitting out 1 term. The idea that they could be voted out works better in theory than practice.
Popeye April 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM
They are voted back in office again because they are doing a great Job. We don't want any Tea Baggers in Temecula.
KB April 30, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Yeah, they did a great job of making sure their city manager was paid more than the President of the United States.
Popeye April 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Nothing wrong with our city manager. This city has no financial problems like the other cities. we got a state of the art city hall. The housing maket has rebound in Temecula Little unemployment. What's your problem?
KB April 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Well I guess if I was making that much money there wouldn't be anything wrong with me either. We have a state of the art city hall that was not needed, now we have another largely vacant building that has to be paid for. And the biggest stunner, the housing market has rebounded? According to whose data, the crooked assessors office? Temecula housing prices were down over 4% in 2011.
TVOR May 01, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Term limits are no cure for apathetic voters.

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