Precinct Reporter Group
by: Dianne Anderson
These days, millionaires and billionaires have no problem pushing legislation for their own personal agenda, but few things make it to the ballot by the ordinary people for the ordinary people.
That’s not how it was about 30 years ago when ballot measures were the poor man’s way of getting their voice heard.
Since then, politically speaking, things have devolved.
Bruce Mirken, spokesperson for the Greenlining Institute, said that’s why Greeninling got involved.
There was a time in the late 1970s when the ballot initiative was a popular way to help low income people could get their signatures, and their laws, on the books. But every year since then the process and ballot language gets trickier as the California ballot initiative funders get more obscure.
“We are looking at this as an ongoing process,”