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No: Petition Campaign Successfully Halts Downtown Plans

Posted By Alex Bigman On Aug 22, 2009 @ 9:55 pm In News | Comments Disabled

petitionA rare turn of events suggests that taking initiative does indeed get things done (depending on your perspective.) At least such is the case for the anti [1] Downtown [2] Berkeley [3] development folks. In the face of … uncalculated odds and alleged harassment by pro-Downtowners, the Alliance for a Green and Livable Downtown managed to round up [4] more than enough signatures to shoot down [5] the City Council’s official plan. Back to the drawing board, guys.

Five thousand five hundred fifty-eight signatures in 30 days were needed to halt the plan for revision or a public vote yea or nay, and around 9,200 signatures were gathered—more than enough to account for invalid signatures and possibly the most ever gathered by a petition in Berkeley. Woah! That’s over 9000. “Green and Livable” must have quite a ring.

Editor’s Note: As a clarification, the purpose of the petition was to place the current Downtown Area Plan on a ballot, not to dismiss it altogether.

Image Source: mrtwism [6] under Creative Commons.
City Clerk Confirms 9,200 Signatures Submitted for Downtown Plan Referendum; Verification Process to Begin [Daily Planet [5]]
Berkeley downtown plan foes meet signature goal [Mercury News [4]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] anti: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/07/05/sky-scraping-big-time-downtown-berkeley-development-proposals/

[2] Downtown: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/07/17/growing-up-downtown-berkeley-will-densify-west-berkeley-may-follow/

[3] Berkeley: http://clog.dailycal.org/2009/08/05/not-over-till-its-over-opposition-to-downtown-density-smolders/

[4] round up: http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_13171898

[5] shoot down: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2009-08-20/article/33566?headline=City-Clerk-Confirms-9-200-Signatures-Submitted-for-Downtown-Plan-Referendum-Verification-Process-to-Begin

[6] mrtwism: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrtwism/

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