California pioneered ballot initiatives to empower participatory democracy. These days, it is often used to opposite effect. City Council’s referral of medical marijuana to the voters (“New Pot Ordinance Approved,” 6/17/10, independent.com/ornone) revives the original intent; win, lose, or draw, we all win.
Kudos to our local elected officials for breaking the partisan logjam. Perhaps their example can be heeded in Washington!—Geof Bard, S.B.