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LA County Supervisors Urge No Vote on Prop. 32

Supervisor Don Knabe cast one of the two dissenting votes.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3- 2 along ideological lines Tuesday to urge voters to vote no on Proposition 32 on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The measure would prohibit unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers from spending money deducted from an employee's paycheck for political purposes.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who recommended the action, said the proposition would limit the voice of hardworking Californians.

"Proposition 32 is restrictive legislation that advantages billionaire campaign contributors and super PACs by prohibiting working Americans from collectively contributing money to their own political action committee through their unions," Ridley-Thomas said. "Corporations already outspend unions by more than 15 to 1 in politics."

Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich were the dissenting votes.

Knabe, whose district includes Diamond Bar, said he understood others' concerns that prohibiting payroll deductions would lead to a drop in political fundraising by unions, but said he saw other valuable reforms in the ballot measure.

"At some point we have to deal with campaign reform," Knabe said.

Dozens of union members and other activists rallied before the board's vote and several spoke out on Proposition 32 and Proposition 30, also set for the November ballot.

Before the vote to oppose Proposition 32, the board voted on the same 3- 2 split to support Proposition 30, the sales and income tax increase backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to increase education funding.

Vito Spago October 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM
I am voting yes on prop 32. I have friends who are Republican union members. They are sick of their dues going to support democrat candidates they do not like. Why are these politicians so out of touch. Yes on 32. No on 30, 38. Take the state and country back.
Cacheguy October 10, 2012 at 01:18 PM
It seems that I am now voting the opposite of whatever the politicians want. I do not believe they have our best interests at heart. Count me as a yes on 32, no on 30 and 38.
Michael October 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
You got it exactly right!
A J October 10, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Unions took money out of my paycheck for years, and used it to contribute to candidates and causes I did not support, all of this against my wishes. I'm glad I'll have a say about it in this year's elections.
Donjamin T October 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Thank you Don Knabe for standing up to the unions. I'm voting yes on Prop 32. I"m tired of the unions dictating to me what politicians and propositions I should support.
Greg Miller October 11, 2012 at 03:20 AM
For me, as a 29 year union member, I'm voting "yes" on 32. Enough of the politics.

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