Re "Steinberg considers stronger role for lawmakers on ballot measures" (Page A1, Feb. 11): There is a great deal of irony in two political stories in The Bee. On Saturday, there was an article reporting that Democrats received $60,000 from a handful of special interests who attended an exclusive fundraiser and private plane ride to New Orleans. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg defended the trip saying part of his responsibility is to prepare to win elections.
The story on Monday notes that Steinberg wants to change the initiative process to give the Legislature a stronger role. The whole point of the initiative process -- enacted 101 years ago -- is to bypass a corrupt or indolent legislature. Despite its shortcomings, initiatives should remain the people's process. It is still far more transparent than the backroom deals that take place in the Capitol.
-- Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association president, Sacramento