Measure C Defeated
The Glendale Coalition for Better Government is gratified by the defeat of Measure C. It worked hard for that defeat by placing lawn signs, newspaper advertisements and by informing community groups and individual voters. It did so in the belief that removing the State imposed limitation on City Council salaries and allowing the Council unlimited power to determine its own compensation is not good public policy. No on Measure C also helps preserve the idea that service as a part time council person is the performance of a civic duty rather than the occupation of a career politician.
The Coalition’s efforts demonstrate that a grassroots volunteer organization of ordinary citizens and small business owners, supported only by volunteer efforts, membership dues and private donations, can have an impact when its government is not responsive to the public good. What we may not be able to accomplish as individuals we can accomplish collectively.
The Coalition will continue to fight for accountability, responsiveness, transparency and integrity in city government not only in the Public Square but in the courts as it pursues two lawsuits challenging the legality of the city’s transfer of utility monies to the general fund and the passage of a water ordinance that violates the Constitution.