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Californians hate government—with one exception. They love the initiative process which has allowed them to vote up or down on new laws dealing with major issues. The best example is Prop 13, passed in 1978 to limit the skyrocketing tax on property. On Reporter’s Notebook, they’re tearing down the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris Wheel Headed for Oklahoma 4 MIN, 4 SEC
The Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier is one of Southern California’s popular tourist attractions - or it was until today. The last rides have been taken, and the Ferris wheel is being taken down to be reassembled in Oklahoma.

Guests:
jeff Klocke, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier

Main Topic Can the Initiative Process be Changed? 19 MIN, 39 SEC

In the June election, California voters will be confronted once again with dueling initiatives — two different measures dealing with the same subject in different ways. This time it’s the government taking of land by eminent domain. In the meantime, the confusion voters will undoubtedly face is a classic example of what we’re addressing today, which is the initiative process itself. When voters directly set policy as Prop 13 did with the property tax, they essentially become a fourth branch of government. But the measures they’re asked to decide are often extremely complex.

Guests:
Tracy Westen, Center for Governmental Studies
Mark Baldassare, Public Policy Institute of California (@ppicnotes)
Ted Costa, People's Advocate
Harvey Rosenfield, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (@HarveRosenfield)

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