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Santa Clarita officials stick with Monday deadline for billboard referendum petitions

Posted: May 2, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 8:01 p.m.

After some uncertainty Friday, Santa Clarita city officials announced the billboard referendum petition must be turned in to the Santa Clarita City Clerk by 5:30 p.m. Monday.

There was some discussion over whether signatures gathered in support of the referendum should be turned in on Saturday — which marked the 30-day deadline to submit the petition required under state law — or on Monday, the next business day after the 30-day deadline, according to a city news release.

But it was eventually determined that opening City Hall on Saturday would not comply with Election Code requirements, according to a city news release.

The ordinance in question, approved by the Santa Clarita City Council in March, gives the go-ahead to a proposal from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to take down 62 billboard structures inside city limits along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for giving Metro the right to construct three, double-sided digital billboards on city-owned property off Interstate 5 and Highway 14.

The petitions circulated by opponents of the digital billboards call for the city to overturn the ordinance or put the matter up for a vote.




EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 3, 2014 7:50 a.m.

Will Metro be hiring thugs to prevent the paperwork from entering City Hall too?

timothymyers02: Posted: May 3, 2014 8:08 a.m.

I wonder what City employee had the bright idea to attempt to move the signature deadline forward by opening the Clerk's office on a Saturday for the first time in the City's history. It is a well settled practice (found in nearly every statute) in English speaking countries that a deadline that falls on a weekend or a Holiday automatically rolls to the next business day.

Word on the (social media) street is that CABB has gathered at least 16,000 signatures (5,000 more than necessary) for the referendum, so it appears that the public has arrived at the City Hall with pitchforks and torches!

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 3, 2014 8:17 a.m.

With the backroom deal and payoffs already in place, this should be very interesting if it comes down to a vote. Maybe Kellar and Company will be fitted for cement shoes.

lars1: Posted: May 5, 2014 3:24 p.m.

Metro can buy off the city council to get the vote they need.
They can rip us off by charging us for toll carpool lanes that were already paid by our sales tax increases
The BIG COMPANY FROM NEW YORK ALLVISION can come in and block our political rights.

The city has been going on the 10% rule. Landscaping on the roundabout was the wish of 10% of the people. around 10% voted in the last election.
now, the majority of people don't want to be ripped off anymore.

Is it too late to start a recall to get the bought off people weste and mclean out of office. Thanks timben for representing the people. we are behind you.

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