The referendum solution needs about 10,000 valid signatures to get on November’s ballot. Which, we’re told, means 14,000 to 15,000 signatures should be gathered. That’s because as many as a third of them might be disqualified by the registrar for various reasons. Therefore, some strategists think the petition drive calls for 10 dauntless volunteers to each gather 1,500 signatures. Those of us who have been working on the petition drive have some idea how much time that would take.
So, I see the task differently and the Citizens Referendum Group still has two-and-a-half months to get it done. My thinking is we need about 75 to 100 volunteers to gather some 150 to 200 signatures, each. So, we probably should have the CRG’s petitions on hand in at least a dozen retail locations around town. I’m talking about coffee houses, beauty salons, etc.
Given the widespread unpopularity of the mayor’s so-called “revitalization” plan, I’m sure those volunteers are out there, waiting to be recruited. We just have to reach out to them and ask. This thing is still doable. Tell your friends that bemoaning the mayor’s wrongheaded scheme isn‘t enough.
At this stage the CRG needs to do more to make itself known. If there’s something you can you do to facilitate that — go for it!