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Court Rejects Attempt to Block L.A. Executive Compensation Initiative From the Ballot

On April 4, 2023, Judge Mary Strobel of the Los Angeles County Superior Court denied a petition for writ of mandate filed by the California Hospital Association and Robert Vlach seeking to prevent a voter initiative regarding healthcare executives’ pay from reaching the ballot. The “Limit Excessive Healthcare Executive Compensation” initiative would limit compensation for executives of covered healthcare facilities in the City of Los Angeles to no more than “the total compensation for the President of the United States, currently $450,000, as set forth in section 102 of Title 3 of the United States Code.” The Court rejected the petitioners’ argument that the initiative and the City’s summary were false or misleading—as the Court held, the initiative “accurately states that the U.S. President’s monetary compensation…is currently $450,000”; the City’s summary was proper; and there were no grounds to prevent the initiative process from moving forward. To read the Court’s order, click here.

With Stephen Kaufman and George Yin of Kaufman Legal Group, Catha Worthman and Genevieve Casey represent SEIU-UHW, which supports the initiative.