Using a baseball metaphor, fellow Citizens Referendum Group members, we just scored and took the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. There’s still more game to play. So, there’s no reason to let up on the petition drive.
Whether it’s initiated by five members of City Council, or a petition drive by citizens, a stadium referendum remains the only path to settling this longstanding debate in a satisfying way that will have staying power.
Given Tuesday’s twists in the Shockoe Stadium story, the referendum concept is more important than ever. Members of City Council now have to decide whether they want to support a referendum, of some sort, or get caught on the wrong side of history. They will not be able to dodge the question.