Bradley Loses Round on Proposed Amendment

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley lost a round Monday in his struggle to keep off the June ballot a proposed City Charter amendment that would give the City Council new powers.

The measure would give the council authority to override decisions by seven powerful and somewhat independent commissions appointed by the mayor, including panels that oversee the harbor and airports. Bradley has called the proposed amendment "a dangerous intrusion into the power of the city's citizen-controlled commissions" and he refused last week to sign the ordinance asking the county to place it on the ballot.

The City Clerk's Office, however, had already sent the measure, plus four other ballot measures, to the county on March 7.

After reviewing the mayor's position Monday, Claude Hilker, an assistant city attorney, said that the proposal could still be placed on the ballot unless Bradley actually attempts to veto it.

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