Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, or SCA-12, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Los Angeles) with Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) the principal co-author, has passed by the State Senate on a bipartisan vote of 27-7.
“[This] was a huge step in the right direction for the people of L.A. County and all Californians,” Senator Mendoza said Thursday after the vote.
“The LA. County Board of Supervisors has remained the same since 1850, when the population was just 3,000,” he said. “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.”
SCA 12, upon voter approval, requires a county with a population greater than five million residents after the 2020 U.S. census to have a larger governing body.
“This constitutional amendment will bring accountability and representational equity to all people of L.A. County,” Mendoza said. “It is imperative that we look towards the future and provide our residents with a government that answers to them, not the other way around. By reducing the massive size of our supervisorial districts, we can finally bring the transparency and accountability the people deserve.”
The measure now heads to the State Assembly for consideration. With passage in both houses, the bill will be placed on the 2018 statewide ballot for California voters to accept or reject.
“L.A. County is larger than 42 states. Michigan, with the closest population to the county, is represented by executive officers, 110 legislators and 623 County Supervisors, yet here we are governed by just five County Supervisors with both legislative and executive powers,” Wilk said.
“These five people determine our fate on everything from transportation funding to social services,” Wilk said. “In Northern L.A. County we get shortchanged time and time again and other outlying areas suffer the same fate. This bill is a huge step toward righting those wrongs.”
Mendoza, a Los Angeles native and former elementary school teacher in East Los Angeles, represents the 32nd Senate District encompassing portions of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. For more information about Senator Mendoza, visit his website or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.