Bill to Expand Boards of Supervisors is Dead – For Now

A bill that would have let voters expand the number of supervisors serving in counties of more than 2 million residents is dead in the water following fierce opposition from county officials in Southern California.

State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) proposed the measure last year. The current framework is outdated, he says, and not doing enough to ensure efficiency and diversity on the boards.

Opposition to the bill was swift and bipartisan. Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, a Democrat, called it a “terrible idea” that could threaten the progressive majority in L.A. County. Republican supervisor Michael Antonovich said it would do nothing but unnecessarily increase the size of government. Unsurprisingly, Mendoza’s idea never took off. And in the absence of the two-thirds vote needed to get the measure to qualify for the ballot, Mendoza accepted defeat.

“I did shelve that bill,” the senator acknowledged Friday. “For this year we are done with that one.” However, Mendoza said he still believes the change is desperately needed.

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