Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy has filed an initiative with the Secretary of State that would ban perks/benefits for part-time politicians. The initiative proposal has been submitted to the Attorney General with a written request that a title and summary be prepared for the measure. Foy’s formal request for title and summary posits the following as its Statement of Findings:
“In recent years, part-time local officials have abused their positions of power to provide themselves with excessive compensation and expensive perks, like lifetime health benefits and pensions. Worse yet, these abuses have been hidden from the public through complicated formulas, multiple layers of local governmental bodies, even the abuse of the Charter power provided for in this Constitution.”
The proposal calls lifetime health insurance and pensions excessive and calls on them to be prohibited for part-time officials. The proposal also calls for stronger transparency in posting compensation information on government websites. You can read the initial proposal here.