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Term Limits Petition to Be Submitted Tuesday

Organizers of initiative to limit council members to three terms hope to have enough signatures to get measure on March 2013 ballot.

Members of the West Hollywood Term Limits group, who are seeking to place an initiative on the March 2013 ballot that would restrict city council members to serving no more than three terms, plan to have their petitions submitted to the city clerk on Tuesday. 

Scott Schmidt, a key organizer and petitioner for the group, said the group initially planned to submit the petition to the city by Sept. 25, but there is not an exact deadline for submittal.

City Clerk Corey Schaffer said the deadline for the city council to place an initiative on the March ballot is Dec. 7. But first, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters would have to verify that the signatures on the petition are those of registered voters residing within the city limits. By law, the registrar has 30 business days to complete the verification.

As soon as the county registrar completes that process the petition will then be placed on the next city council agenda, Schaffer said.

If the petition is submitted to the registrar on Tuesday, 30 business days for the county—which has holidays on Oct. 8 (Columbus Day) and Nov. 12 (Veterans Day)—would put the registrar’s deadline on Nov. 15, just before the city council’s scheduled Nov. 19 meeting.

If there were a delay of any kind, the city council would have one more meeting scheduled, on Dec. 3, four days before its deadline.

Schmidt said that making sure the petition had valid signatures outweighed the urgency to get it submitted as soon as possible.

The minimum number of signatures required for the petition is 2,344, 10 percent of the city’s registered voters.

“We decided to keep collecting for another week,” Schmidt said. “Nearly 4,000 people have signed the petition, but a big number of them don’t live in West Hollywood and thought that they did. We’ve been going through and checking to see who does live in Weho.

 “It’s surprising to see how many people think they live in Weho and actually live right over the border.”

“We wouldn’t be turning it in if we weren’t confident that we had the correct number to get it on the ballot,” Schmidt said.

Once a verified petition is presented to the city council, its members then have three options, Shaffer said: Adopt the initiative into law, place the initiative on the March ballot, or ask the city attorney to compile a report on the impacts the initiative would have on the city.

If for some reason the city council did not act on the petition within 30 days, Schaffer said, it would become law.

Jackson Feedoo October 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Calcification has its benefits. That's why older women, south of Santa Monica Blvd., drink so much milk. When the Council is de-calcified, we can only hope that the brittle bones don't snap.
me October 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM
hahaha....love it!!
scott ferguson October 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I am curious about the "impact on the city" argument and what the legalities are of that. I am very protective of our great city and don't want what we have to be taken away by outside forces. The fact that the term limits initiative - if it qualifies - only does because of help from outside right-wing forces who, among other things, backed Prop 8 and certainly wouldn't have offered their "help" unless they had an agenda to impose themselves on West Hollywood politics (with more referenda, more backing for opponents) - is a threat to all of us, even if the terminally naive pro-term limits locals don't see this. Again, nothing outside normal established legal standards should be used. But to me it is a legitimate concern. And if it does qualify, this outside involvement, assuming it continues, will likely doom the cause, since if there is something West Hollywood voters will understand it's the threat from outside right-wing activists groups trying to claim the head of our city government, which they perceive as among the most progressive in the state.
scott ferguson October 02, 2012 at 06:40 PM
So it's clear, I'm not recommending rejection by the city on that basis - it seems both legally questionable (in the absence of precedent confirmed by courts) and poltically dangerous. My guess is anyway the three council members whose seats are up in 2015 would much rather have this on the ballot in 2013 than the year they are running, but that is just a guess (could be wrong about this).
me October 02, 2012 at 09:05 PM
{{{{{{ crickets, crickets }}}}}}}....hahahaha

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