State Senator Proposes Expansion for County Boards of Supervisors
State Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) introduced a constitutional amendment Monday which would increase the number of supervisors from 5 to 7 in counties of more than 2 million residents. The measure, Senate Constitutional Amendment 8, needs a two-thirds majority to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.
“California’s population and demographics have changed significantly since the formation more than one-hundred and sixty-five years ago of representative governmental entities known as counties,” Mendoza said. “Residents of California’s largest counties deserve a more representative and responsive government at the county level. This can be achieved by expanding the number of elected supervisors from five to seven seats.”
In the state’s five largest counties (Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino), each supervisor represents 400,000 to more than 2 million people. And, despite a large number of Latino residents, just 2 out of the 25 supervisors who serve those counties are Latino. In addition to increasing efficiency and responsiveness, Mendoza believes more ethnic diversity could be achieved with expansion.
Read more about SCA 8 here.