Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

Myrna Leija 
2023 La Center City Council Candidate
Position 4
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Survey Response:

The US Supreme Court in its 2003 ruling United States v. American Library Association, Inc, upheld the use of library internet pornography filters.  Chief Justice Rehnquist stated for the plurality that "to fulfill their traditional missions, public libraries must have broad discretion to decide what material to provide to their patrons.  Although they seek to provide a wide array of information, their goal has never been to provide 'universal coverage,'" and "most libraries already exclude pornography from their print collections because they deem it inappropriate for inclusion."   In 2010, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public libraries' use of internet filters does not violate the state constitution.  See FVRL porn history here.  Will you as a city councilor appoint, recommend or request (depending on your level of authority) only library board candidates who oppose the inclusion of pornography in public libraries, whether by internet or printed materials?



Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington State in 2012 by Initiative 502.  The drug though is still banned federally, and considered dangerous by many, including the AMA, the APA, and The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) states "The normalization, expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana in our communities are detrimental to our youth, to public health, and to the safety of our society."  The Alaska Association of Police Chiefs describes some of the negative aspects of legalizing the drug here.   For additional dangers see here.  For an extensive report by the National Academy of Sciences (Jan 2017) see here.  Resilient marijuana black markets traffic across state lines, negatively impacting others.  For that and other reasons, marijuana is not a States Rights issue.  What is your position on the legal production, processing and sale of recreational marijuana in the jurisdiction of the office you are seeking?

_____ Support

__X__ Oppose

_____  No Opinion

_____  Other:


The Mayor/Council form of city government has a balance of power between the executive (mayor) and legislative (council) branches, whereas the Council/Manager form of city government "is too much like a business corporation which is not suitable for managing community needs." Also, "without an elected chief executive, the community lacks political leadership." (Both quotes Municipal Research and Service Center)(See also  Additionally, the Common Good principle of subsidiarity is weakened by the bureaucratization of city government, effected by moving decision making authority from elected officials to staff (mayor to manager).  See Camas commentary.  What is your opinion about the form of city government?


__X__ Support Mayor/Council

_____ Support Council/Manager

_____ No Opinion

_____ Other Position (please state):