The fact that California permits such measures to be placed on the ballot in the first place is by far the biggest issue with Prop 1.
The lesson is about… the human horrors of letting judges, or anyone else, determine our rights on the basis of history – especially when history omits so much.
Angelenos may complain about state government like other Californians, but we have a practice of using Sacramento as training for local politicians.
Question: In the exclusively Democratic constellation of California statewide officials, how many places are there where a Republican star might fit?
Why aren’t we hearing more about it from our politicians? Because the diversity we are losing is not in our demography but in our economy.
The answer lies in a tool of popular democracy that is little known in California, but has become a common method for addressing desperate problems.
If the crisis in democracy had a capital, it would be Los Angeles. And if democracy is going to be saved, that rescue needs to start in California.