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Monday, September 28, 2009

AD72 Special Election Watch: About That Residency Requirement....

I know I'm probably splitting hairs here and I'm definately not an election law lawyer, but I read an interesting article this morning in the Los Angeles Times about State Senator Rod Wright.  Apparently, the Los Angeles DA is investigating him for false statements he put down on his voter registration card.  The reason this article caught my attention though is this little nugget half way through the article...

 "Article 4, Section 2(c) of the state Constitution says that a person "is ineligible to be a member of the Legislature unless the person . . . has been a resident of the legislative district for one year . . . immediately preceding the election."

Again I'm not an election law attorney, but it seems pretty clear from that language in our State Constitution that one must live in the legislative district for one full year before you are eligible to run for office in that district.  I'm wondering if Linda Ackerman's campaign staff realizes this yet?  It seems to this blogger that she is ineligible to run for the 72nd AD becaue she currently lives in the 70th AD.  BTW, she would meet the residency requirement to run for the 70th AD since she's lived in a "secret gated community" in Irvine for the past few years.  I realize that it might be asking a lot for the State Constitution to be followed, but I'm funny like that.  This race might be over before it actually begins.

Just for kicks, here's the entire Article 4 Section 2 language in our State Constitution...

 (a) The Senate has a membership of 40 Senators elected for 4-year terms, 20 to begin every 2 years. No Senator may serve more than 2 terms. The Assembly has a membership of 80 members elected for 2-year terms. No member of the Assembly may serve more than 3 terms. Their terms shall commence on the first Monday in December next following their election.

(b) Election of members of the Assembly shall be on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years unless otherwise prescribed by the Legislature. Senators shall be elected at the same time and places as members of the Assembly.

(c) A person is ineligible to be a member of the Legislature unless the person is an elector and has been a resident of the legislative district for one year, and a citizen of the United States and a resident of California for 3 years, immediately preceding the election.

(d) When a vacancy occurs in the Legislature the Governor immediately shall call an election to fill the vacancy.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

AD 72 Special Election Watch: Infamous Video Of The Ackerman's "Secret Gated Community" & Other Thoughts

Once again the Powder Blue Report must be activated for content to hot to handle over at Red County. Gotta love the drama in the local blogosphere. I put up a post late last night on Red County that drew attention to a video that Jon Fleischman of Flashreport had made back around Christmas 2007. It was the talk of the local blogosphere the day before. In the video which BTW is quite funny, Jon is whispering into the camera and driving to the Ackerman's "secret gated community" deep in the heart of Irvine. Well, I woke up this morning and the video and my post on Red County had already been deleted. Evidently, Jon had taken down the video from his You Tube and Art Pedroza of Orange Juice had saved it onto his You Tube site. He ordered Art to remove the video from his site. Jon expressed to me this morning that he didn't want a video that he had done in good jest two years ago to be used against Linda Ackerman and felt bad it about the video now. It is his property and his right to do this. However the issue of the Ackerman's living in a "secret gated Irvine community" in the 70th AD is public knowledge. It's obvious that they would prefer the voters in the 72nd AD where she is running for Assembly to not know this fact. Fair is fair. If the Ackerman's are going to hammer Chris Norby for non proven allegations of sexual harassment, it's certainly fair to draw attention the Ackermans living in a "secret gated Irvine community".