Term limits proposed in La Mesa: Mayor Art Madrid believes proposal is personal vendetta

Measure could end up on Nov. 2014 ballot

LA MESA, Calif. - There has never been term limits for elected officials in La Mesa, but that could change if enough signatures are collected and verified.

"It's not directed at any one person," said La Mesa Vice Mayor Kristine Alessio.

However, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid doesn't think so, and he told 10News, "We already have term limits; it's called an election. They're just trying to find a way to get rid of the mayor."

The issue came before the La Mesa City Council twice, and twice the issue was tabled.

If Alessio's effort collects enough signatures and is verified, and if it is approved by voters, it would limit mayor and city council terms to three consecutive four-year terms.

Madrid was asked if he thought this was a personnel vendetta against him, and he replied, "Without a doubt."

Madrid has been mayor for 24 years, and prior to that, he was a council member for 10 years.

Even a drunk-in-public scandal in 2008 did not deter the public from re-electing him.

The petition drive to start collecting signatures will begin soon, according to organizers, with the goal of getting the measure on the November 2014 ballot.

Madrid indicated he will be running for mayor once again in 2014.

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