California voters saw through a lot of the high-priced hype this election, but not all. NBC Bay Area believes the initiative process has to change.
Viewers shared their frustration with us: ”Why is this on the ballot? We already passed this law!"
And they’re right! The initiative system, approved a hundred years ago to give citizens the power to write law and fight government corruption, has been – on many fronts -taken away from the “little guy” and taken over by big money.
Today, we have multi-national corporations writing California law - not for the people, but for themselves.
With a new governor and a revamped legislature headed back to Sacramento, now is the time to call for full transparency so voters know who stands to gain from each measure.