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2007 REFERENDUM PETITION RESULTS
(As of August 18, 2007)
The petition drive was successful. The council's ordinance was rescinded.
On February 27, 2007 the City Council voted 4 - 0 (Reviczky absent) to introduce the ordinance.
On March 13 the Council voted 4 - 1 (no: Bobko) for final adoption of the ordinance.
We submitted the completed petitions to the Hermosa Beach City Clerk at about 5:50 on Thursday, April 12.
We submitted 1026 sections (pages) containing, by our count, approximately 1900 unverified signatures.
For the referendum to succeed we needed 1283 verified signatures.
Of the1900 unverified signatures we submitted:
Approximately 1531 were gathered by Hermosa residents, and
approximately 367 were gathered by signature gatherers not residing in Hermosa.
On April 17 the City Clerk notified us that she had completed her preliminary ("prima facie") check of the petitions, which showed that 1756 signatures were valid, and that she had then delivered the petitions to the LA County Registrar-Recorder for signature verification.
On May 7 the City Clerk told us that per her instructions, the Registrar-Recorder had stopped checking signatures once the number of verified signatures exceeded the minimum required by 100. They checked 1559 signatures to get 1392 verified ones.
At their May 22 meeting the Council voted 3 - 2 (noes: Tucker and Reviczky) to put the matter on the November ballot; the alternative was to immediately repeal the ordinance they had passed in March.
At their July 24 meeting the Council voted 3 - 2 (noes: Tucker and Reviczky) on the final resolution putting the fate of the March ordinance on the November ballot.
At their August 14 meeting the Council voted to reverse their July 24 decision; they repealed the ordinance and removed the matter from the November 6 ballot. The action was split into two votes. The vote to cancel the ordinance was 4 - 1 (no: Keegan). The vote to remove the matter from the November 6 ballot was 3 - 2 (noes: Keegan and Bobko).
Here is a table of how they voted on the ordinance discussed above, as well as the (earlier) ordinance regarding the reconstruction of damaged buildings.
m = maker of motion s = seconder of motion