L.A. Residents to Vote on 2 Marijuana Initiatives, Possibly 3

The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval today to placing two initiatives on the May 21 ballot aimed at regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, and gave preliminary backing to a third measure that Councilman Paul Koretz called a "superior" hybrid of the other two.

The vote on Koretz's proposal was not unanimous -- with council members Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander, Jose Huizar, and Bernard Parks objecting -- meaning it must come back to the council for final approval next week.

The two petition-driven initiatives that received final approval today both address medical marijuana issues, but using different tactics.

Citizens United Measure for L.A. Ballot Moves Forward

The City Council preliminarily agreed today to ask Los Angeles voters in May to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people -- an effort to limit their ability to influence elections.

The measure sponsored by City Councilman Richard Alarcon and supported by campaign finance reform groups is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the case Citizens United v. FEC. The court ruled 5-4 that corporations have the same rights as individuals to use money as a form of political speech. The ruling effectively allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.

Two Former L.A. City Controllers Endorse Ron Galperin for Job

Ron Galperin. | Photo: Courtesy Ron Galperin for Los Angeles City ControllerLaura Chick today endorsed attorney Ron Galperin for city controller, a job she held from 2001 to 2009.

Galperin also earned the endorsement from Chick's predecessor, Rick Tuttle, who served as city controller from 1985 to 2001.

The current city controller, Wendy Greuel, decided not to seek another term and instead run for mayor in the March 5 municipal primary election.

Galperin is running against three-term City Councilman Dennis Zine and businessman and civic activist Cary Brazeman. Three other candidates, Jeff Bornstein, Analilia Joya, and Ankur Patel qualified for the ballot but have not raised any money for the campaign.

Chick said Galperin, an attorney who headed two separate commissions focused on finding ways to save the city money and operate more efficiently, has "innovative ideas for finding efficiencies to save taxpayer dollars and make Los Angeles more transparent and accountable."

Two Medical Marijuana Initiatives Move Toward L.A. Ballot

A budtender rolls a marijuana cigarette at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in L.A. | Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

The Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to place two medical marijuana initiatives before voters on the May 21 citywide election ballot.

The council voted 8-4 on each of the initiatives, requiring a second majority vote of the 15-member council next week.

Corporate Money in Elections: Will L.A. Voters Take a Stand?

Annabel Park, Co-founder of the Coffee Party, speaks during a protest about the Citizens United case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in February 2012. | Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The City Council agreed today to ask Los Angeles voters to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people.

The measure sponsored by City Councilman Richard Alarcon and supported by campaign finance reform groups is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the case Citizens United v. FEC. The court ruled 5-4 that corporations have the same rights as individuals to use money as a form of political speech. The ruling effectively allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.

3rd Medical Marijuana Proposition Sought for L.A. Ballot

A budtender rolls a marijuana cigarette at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. | Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

The Los Angeles City Council today took an initial step to place a third medical marijuana initiative before voters on the May 21 municipal general election ballot.

Two other measures sponsored by separate medical marijuana coalitions have already qualified for the May ballot.

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