Mayor Art Ward just told that he understands the city clerk's office has confirmed that there were enough valid signatures to force a referendum on the chief operating officer issue.
I have a call in to the city clerk to make sure, but it appears the matter will be on the November 4 ballot.
Update at 5:45 -
City Councilor Craig Minor said he doesn't know if the required signatures have been checked yet or not. He said that City Clerk Therese Pac told him the other day that the checking would likely be done this week.
Minor said it might be done already, but he hasn't heard.
City Councilor Ken Cockayne, who probably isn't on Pac's Christmas gift list these days, said he doesn't know either.
Anyone have any solid information?
Update at 6:10 -
This strikes me as a good opportunity to explain one difference between this blog and a news story in the paper. As it is, I have only Mayor Ward saying that he understands there are enough valid referendum signatures to have a referendum on the issue. But since he's not directly responsible for doing the work, I need another source before I'd feel comfortable writing a news story about it.
On here, I think it's sort of interesting sometimes to let you all in on stories as they unfold, to go from the initial word through other phone calls and information until we get to the last word for that day's story (for example, see the blog pieces about the Millionaire Maker who wanted to buy the mall).
This is one of those cases, where I don't really know for sure what happened, but it's not really hurting anyone to let you know what I know, even if it's not yet solid enough to reach print, so here it is, for what it's worth.
Tuesday, 9:50 am. -
City Councilor Ken Cockayne just sent me an email that says Pac told him this morning the signatures were certified. More to come later, but that's the second source I needed.
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