Thursday, October 19, 2006

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Endorses Proposition 89

One of the most influential elected leaders in California, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has endorsed Proposition 89, the initiative to stem political corruption and create a level playing field for California elections, Prop. 89 proponents announced today.

"At a time when far too many Californians are disenchanted with our political system, passage of Prop. 89 will be a big step forward in getting more people involved in our political system and restoring public faith in our democracy," said Villaraigosa.

"Prop. 89 will broaden the playing field and allow Californians from all walks of life to run for office and help solve problems affecting all Californians -- from improving our schools to protecting our environment to assuring access to quality healthcare for all," said Villaraigosa.

"We are especially proud to add the support of Mayor Villaraogisa to the more than 300 good government and community organizations and forward thinking political leaders who are committed to transforming politics in California," said Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, the sponsor of the initiative.

Villaraigosa's endorsement also comes amidst growing support for Prop.
89 among Latino political organizations and leaders, including the Mexican
American Political Association, Latino National Congreso, United Farm
Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, State Sen. Richard Alarcon, and Assembly
members Ed Chavez, Cindy Montanez, and Pedro Nava.