12 January 2007

Almost 6,000 LPO referendum signatures turned in

Mayor Bates’ and Councilmember Capitelli’s new developer-friendly Landmarks Preservation Ordinance, passed on 12 December by the City Council (with Kriss Worthington and Betty Olds opposed and Dona Spring absent), appears to be headed into the bottom drawer until the next election.

Volunteers of the LPO 2006 Update campaign gathered over 5,900 signatures for a referendum in less than a month and submitted them to the City Clerk on Thurdsay, 11 January.

If 4,092 of these signatures are verified by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, the new LPO will be stayed and the 1974 Landmarks Preservation Ordinance will continue in force until the next election.

Read the story in the Berkeley Daily Planet.


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