I think we all agree that the initiative process has become over-used in this state and is, in great part, responsible for the fiscal and political mess the state finds itself in. Even the California Supreme Court has criticized the state's reliance on the referendum process, arguing that it has "rendered our state government dysfunctional."
I think Menlo Park's pension reform initiative is just a local version of the same thing and I oppose it, not because I disagree with it's stated goal (which the recent council decision has rendered moot anyhow) but because I believe the initiative process should be used only very rarely, if at all. We always have the option to "vote the bums out" if they don't do what the majority of us want.
Steve Walter, Mills Court, Menlo Park