UPDATE: CLCV Says Hahn’s “Flip-Flop-Flip” on Oil Severance Tax Factored In Bowen Endorsement

In an interview with the LA Weekly, California League of Conservations Voter SoCal director, David Algood, expanded on his organization’s decision to back Debra Bowen over her rival Janice Hahn.

“Debra has a much longer record on the environment,” said David Allgood, CLCV’s Southern California director. “We know her to be a leader that doesn’t knuckle under to pressure from special interests.”

Allgood said the League had taken note of Hahn’s flip-flop-flip on the L.A. oil severance tax. She proposed the tax last fall, before changing her mind and trying to keep it off the ballot. When it went on the ballot anyway, she then supported it. (It narrowly failed.)

“One of the things we considered was the ability of somebody to put their finger in the wind and change positions that quickly,” Allgood said. “For her to have one position one day and the opposite position the next — that was a big concern.”

Back on March 4th, I ran a story on Venice For Change about Hahn’s “flip-flop-flip”, on Measure O, the ballot initiative to tax oil taken from within LA City limits she was for before she was against it before she was for it.

Responding to reports in Venice For Change and also at Calitics, Janice Hahn apparently tried 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 report that Hahn  reversed her position again 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.

Measure O was narrowly defeated in the March 8 special election.

2 thoughts on “UPDATE: CLCV Says Hahn’s “Flip-Flop-Flip” on Oil Severance Tax Factored In Bowen Endorsement”

  1. These guys are great

    I used to donate regularly to them

    There was some issue (I’ve forgotten) in SF pitting children against environmental (or bicycle) interest and CLCV broke the wrong way (against children)

    Still they are a great organization

    And now, my wife doesn’t complain so much about my political contributions

    Any polls on the race ??

    (I hate political dynasties)

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