For all the
handwringing about the initiative process, this November will certainly
confirm its intent as a balancing mechanism to the California
Legislature. From the left and the right, from business and labor and
citizens, measures are being placed on the ballot that specifically
address failure by the Legislature.

Voters will have a meaty ballot in
November, with real choices not just among candidates but also among
ballot measures. (The hyperlinked numbers refer to the Attorney
General’s identification system.)

It’s no coincidence that six of the eight measures deal directly with
state budget and tax issues, and a seventh deals with allocation of
political power. Two of the measures can be fairly described as
sponsored by business, two by government employee unions, one by
environmental organizations, one by a coalition of business, private
labor unions and local government, and two by citizens. Let a thousand
flowers bloom!