Conservative FlashReport founder Jon Fleischman has penned an open letter to Governor Schwarzenegger asking him to come out against Proposition 93:
You made a very clear case – that there needed to be a package deal. That you could support term limits reform of some sort, but only if it was tied to the legislature placing a fair redistricting measure on the ballot along with it. Of course, they did no such thing.
I know that you care a lot about what newspaper editorial boards think about major policy matters – so I am sure that you know that 14 newspapers – including the San Jose Mercury News, the Sacramento Bee, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Fresno Bee, the Riverside Press Enterprise, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Modesto Bee, the Bakersfield Californian, the Orange County Register, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and the San Bernardino County Sun have already come out strongly against Proposition 93.
These papers have also correctly pointed out that if Prop. 93 passes it will not only reward the failed legislative leaders for breaking their promises on redistricting reform but will likely prevent meaningful redistricting reform from happening in the future. Legislative leaders will have no incentive to change the system if they get what they want – more time in office – without having to give up their power to draw their own districts.
Bill Cavala says in reply: â€œThat was then, this is now. Get a life.â€