Initiative Derailed by Wording

Thu, Jul 17 2008

The city clerk says “no” to a citizen’s petition drive trying to block the $4 billion city rail transit plan.

The decision yesterday afternoon from City Clerk Denise De Costa means she will not put the issue on the November ballot, regardless of whether Stop Rail Now receives enough signatures.

De Costa says the City Charter prohibits a special initiative issue from being placed on the ballot within 180 days of an election.

Stop Rail Now organizers, however, say the clerk is wrong and they are still collecting signatures and are mulling over a court challenge. In the meantime, anti-rail organizers plan to continue collecting signatures that would also be valid for a special election scheduled at a later time.