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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/16/15 – 9:55 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County of Board Supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose a measure proposed in the state Legislature that would expand the number of supervisors on the board from five to seven.

Supervisor Don Knabe introduced the motion to oppose state Sen. Tony Mendoza’s Constitutional Amendment 8 that would expand the number of supervisors on all Boards of Supervisors in counties with more than 2 million people as of the 2020 U.S. Census.

Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis abstained from voting on the motion. Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Sheila Kuehl joined Knabe in supporting the motion.

Mendoza, D-Artesia, has said the measure would create more representation on the county boards and may create more diversity among members.

Knabe has criticized the proposal and speculated Mendoza might be creating a job for himself on the board once he is termed out of the state Senate.

“Adding more elected officials to an executive body such as the board would bog decisions down and make it more difficult for the county to deliver the safety net services millions of people count on us for,” Knabe wrote in his motion. “SCA 8 is an overly simplistic attempt to add more representation to the Board of Supervisors without a serious, nuanced look at the purpose of the board.”

Solis and Ridley-Thomas did not respond to requests for comment.

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