Your guide to Measure LA on the 2022 California midterm ballot
In late November, Measure LA, the single biggest piece of legislation passed by the state’s legislature in 2018, reached its final vote. While the ballot measure only has support in the City of Los Angeles — the City Council voted unanimously against it — it is still a major victory for residents to be able to vote on the issue. Measure LA is a ballot initiative in which voters would be asked to amend the city’s charter to make a number of changes to governance. The first would be to allow the City Council to remove unconfirmed members of the council and the second would make it easier for residents to recall the council.
The measures passed on the ballot are a result of major changes to California law made in 2018.
At the end of the year after several state legislators began proposing changes to California’s government, voters began the process of creating those changes with the 2018 California legislative session.
Measure LA, also known as the “L.A. City Charter Restoration Act 2018” in some media outlets, is the piece of legislation that would allow the City Council to remove unconfirmed members of the council, as well as change the way the council is elected (currently, council members are elected by at-large, but the council is able to approve one member over another for a five-year term).
The ballot measure was passed in a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (D-1st) and Bill Rosendahl (D-4th) crossing the aisle to vote against the measure because they feel it is unnecessary and would affect some of the council members’ decisions that they make on a daily basis. While the four councilmembers that voted for Measure LA were Democrats, it is still a big deal for the council to remove any from the council.
While most of the voters that approved Measure LA are Democrats, Mayor Eric