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The San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council voted today to support the union-led ballot initiative seeking term limits for the five county supervisors.

The Service Employees International Union Local 221, which represents 10,000 county employees, announced the effort nine days ago. The labor council’s backing could help give the ballot initiative a boost in both fundraising and canvassing. The council represents 189,000 workers in the two counties.

In a news release, Lorena Gonzalez, the labor council’s secretary-treasurer said:

County Supervisors have entrenched themselves in cushy jobs and have left the neediest San Diegans to fend for themselves during these tough economic times. Term limits will help us achieve the change of attitude that is necessary at the County.

If approved by a majority of voters, the initiative would still allow the incumbent supervisors to sit for two more terms. It’s due on the June 2010 ballot.

ROB DAVIS

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