A state effort to expand the number of seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved a step closer Thursday to being placed on next year’s ballot after it won two-thirds of the majority needed to pass the Senate floor in Sacramento.
The constitutional amendment submitted in May by State Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, passed on a bipartisan vote of 27-7. The measure now heads to the State Assembly for consideration. If it is passed, the bill then will be placed on the 2018 statewide ballot.
“Today was a huge step in the right direction for the people of L.A. County and all Californians,” Mendoza said in a statement. “The LA. County Board of Supervisors has remained the same since 1850, when the population was just 3,000. It is time we give L.A. County’s 10 million residents a fair and representational government. In doing so, we will ensure the inequities in L.A. County do not repeat throughout the state as other counties continue to grow. SCA 12 will ensure both of these needs are met.”
Mendoza’s bill, Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, aims to increase the number of members on California’s county boards of supervisors from five to seven in areas with 2 million or more residents. That means Los Angeles County is the main target of the bill, since the five-member Board oversees an area of 10 million people.
Each Los Angeles County supervisor represents about 2 million people. Under Mendoza’s proposal, that number would drop to 1.4 million.
State senators Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys and Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, co-authored the bill.
The original proposal also introduced the creation of…
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