Occupy Democracy – Pasadena has taken its first concrete step towards getting the City of Pasadena to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn “Citizens United”. Maddie and Patrick from the ODP leadership team attended the May 2013 City of Pasadena – Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) meeting and during public comment made the brief case for making this happen. Good news people, we were heard and they will make our issue part of next month’s LPC meeting! Below is a document containing the meeting agenda and the documents Maddie presented to the meeting’s attendees.
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It was an honor to be sitting in the small conference room with Mayor Bogaard, Councilmember Steve Madison, and Councilmember Jacque Robinson. We were the only citizens present and stayed through the whole meeting, personally thanking each of them afterwards for giving us a chance to present. We were received very positively. We also made contact with Assemblymember Holden’s field assistant, Gerald Phillips. We obviously hope to get Assemblymember Holden’s support at the State level for overturning “Citizens United” via a constitutional amendment.
One of our approaches with the City of Pasadena will involve using the 2012 recall election in Fullerton as an example of money buying the majority of that city’s city council. We anticipate that some on our city council will argue that this is a national issue and therefore not worthy of a vote. This illustrates otherwise:
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This news video does a good job of showing what happened with the most poignant at 2:55:
Occupy Democracy – Pasadena has been meeting with our different council members and will continue to do so before our next meeting with the LPC. I’m very excited about our chances of making this happen!