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L.A. Politics Can Sometimes be Like a Monarchy

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There's a reason people refer to Los Angeles County Supervisors as kings and queens. Until recent years, the position had no term limits and the powerful job, which reigns over millions of residents each, usually went unchallenged.

Filing to run in the primaries on the June 8th ballot were due last Friday and various incumbents are getting an easy ride, reports KPCC. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky (image to the right) and Sheriff Lee Baca will face zero challengers, save for any aggressive write-in campaigns.

This, or course, plays into Yaroslavsky's position that term limits are part of the budget woes the city of L.A. and state are facing: "People say, `Why is the county in better shape than the city or than the state?' Up until recently, we didn't have term limits, so we have the benefit of experience ... we take a longer view of our jobs and we don't panic... We have the benefit of perspective and experience and I think that has helped us navigate these waters much more successfully than others have."