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Rewriting History, Janice Hahn Now Says She Supports Ballot Initiative To Tax Big Oil

by: Marta Evry

Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 17:02:32 PM PST

When it comes to Measure O, the ballot initiative to tax oil taken from within LA City limits, Janice Hahn was for it before she was against it before she was for it.

Responding to reports in Venice For Change and also at Calitics , Janice Hahn is apparently trying to rewrite history in regards to Measure O, the oil severance tax she opposed putting before voters for the March 8th special election.

The City Maven wesbsite is  reporting tonight  that Hahn is once more reversing her position on Measure O, releasing a statement in support.

"I've always supported an oil extraction tax, and I continue to support it. In fact, during my recent campaign for lieutenant governor, I proposed a statewide oil extraction fee to help fund higher education," Hahn said. "I support Measure O. I proposed Measure O. I will vote for Measure O. I hope Measure O passes."

Quibbling with the past, Hahn went on to say that her no vote was out of an abundance of concern regarding voter turnout.

"I supported placing Measure O on a regular election ballot where turnout and participation is higher and it would have a greater likelihood of passing. I opposed placing it on the March ballot because turnout is substantially lower and less representative of the electorate as a whole," Hahn said.

According to City Maven a review of of the November 17th council meeting shows there was no mention of voter turnout in regards to the oil tax. At the time, Hahn was quoted as saying,

"I've reconsidered this and I have heard from various business groups who do feel like this might be the wrong climate to put this on the ballot. We know the oil companies are probably going to mount a massive campaign to defeat this and at the end of the day, the way we've structured it, really would only generate around $2 million to the city of Los Angeles. So, at this time, it is my recommendation that we don't put this forward on the ballot."

KCET reports that the measure is opposed by the California Independent Petroleum Association,  which has lobbied extensively to expand offshore drilling off the coast of California and in ANWAR, opposes Cap and Trade, and any limits to hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking"), a controversial and dangerous means of natural gas extraction made famous by the HBO movie, "Gasland"

According the KCET, CIPA has given more than $400,000 to California candidates from 2001 to 2010. Sixty-two percent of those candidates were Republicans.

Some of Measure O's opponents have gone on to endorse Janice Hahn in her bid to win the Congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman.

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CIPA and others (4.00 / 1)
Can go Frack themselves, This state needs what other states that allow oil to be pumped out of their territory get, An Oil Severance Tax, As without that, It may as well be stolen oil, Cause that oil collectively belongs to the People of the State of California, Otherwise It should be regarded as Grand Theft of our Natural Resources without any tax payments.

wow, Hahn looks beyond awful in this scandal (4.50 / 2)
She's the type of person who should be primaried if she were in congress. Of course, she'd probably lose the general in 2012 like she did last time.

This scandal just makes a mockery of the losers who have endorsed her.

Twitter: @BobBrigham

Yeah (0.00 / 0)
Like worse than last time, With Janice going back and forth like this, Why vote for Her? As She sounds timid.

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A smart woman knows how to hold em and WHEN to fold em (0.00 / 0)
From todays LA Times.."Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose district includes the Wilmington refinery zone, initially proposed the oil-extraction tax idea but then urged her colleagues to drop it because of a likely "massive campaign" by oil companies against it"
This clearly shows that Janice is not only in favor of Measure O butis actually a leader in the City Council who understands ways to bring in revenue to a financially strapped city AND also understands that sometimes it is better to back off a good idea and not pick a fight that will cost the same city money it does not have. That's why I am supporting Janice to be the next Congresswoman for CD 36. Because changing your mind doesn't always mean that you are slippery, sometimes it means that you have more information and are making a better decision. Trying to defame someone because they changed their mind on an issue or changed course in their actions is the lowest form of political attacks and I'm surprised that Marta Every is practicing it. It is something I usually associate with Republicans.

You must feel very passionate about this... (5.00 / 1)
...since you posted the exact same comment on my blog www.veniceforchange.com

While I'm sure it's comforting to characterize this whole incident as an intricate game of strategic gamesmanship on Hahn's part,  I think it's more likely what happened with Measure O was less a case of leadership, and more a case of cold feet.  While I have no doubt Hahn supports the idea of an oil extraction tax in theory, but I do question wether she has it in her to withstand the intense pressure of special interest groups and vote the courage of her convictions. Flexibility is one thing, pandering is quite another.

It is not defamation to point this out, and to claim raising these questions somehow makes me a Republican is not an argument worth engaging in.

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I do feel very passionate about this (0.00 / 0)
Because as a Democrat I am tired of Republicans using the tactic to attack us. Being more thoughtful and gathering more information and changing course are not signs of "being wimpy" or "being slimy", they are the traits of a good Democrat, who cares about people first and not corporations. I don't like to be threatened and I am sure you don't either and I can be fairly certain that there was some type of corporate threat made for Janice to change her course. I have no idea what it was but I know they do it and have been in their sites.

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why am i not surprised (5.00 / 1)
A politician flipping votes for endoresments...how shocking.  

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