Fairview Park Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot
ON THE BALLOT!
As many already know, late this afternoon Costa Mesa City Attorney Brenda Green announced that she had received word from Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley that sufficient numbers of signatures on the petitions for the measure known as "An Initiative Requiring Changes In Use At Fairview Park Be Subject To Voter Approval" have been counted and the measure has qualified for placement on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
Number of Signatures Filed: 7,144
Number of Signatures Required: 4,995
Number of Signatures Verified: 6,025
Number of Signatures Found Valid: 5,001
Number of Signatures Found Invalid: 1,024
Invalid Because of Duplicate: 151
STOPPED COUNTING WHEN GOAL MET
The Registrar's office stopped counting once sufficient numbers of valid signatures had been recorded. At the City Clerk's request, they counted another few, hence that 5,001 number.
1119 signatures not checked (They didn't need to check them)
Of the 1,024 signatures counted and found to be invalid:
490 were not registered
11 were out of district
151 signed more than once
100 registered late
120 registered to a different addrss
6 declaration incomplete
6 no residence address given
1 no signature
138 signatures don't match
1 page filed in wrong county
So, there is celebration among Dr. Richard Mehren and his cohorts on the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance - the names are too voluminous to list here - who worked so tirelessly to circulate the petitions on those hot days in the park, standing on street corners and out pounding the pavement, going door-to-door. Now the work of convincing the voters that this measure is necessary to protect Fairview Park - described by many as "The Jewel Of Costa Mesa" from development in perpetuity.
Kudos to all who played a role in this effort. Certainly, this would not have been necessary if the public's confidence in the elected majority in this city was not at such a low ebb. They have demonstrated by their actions that they cannot be entrusted with the future of Fairview Park without some kind of codified protection - this initiative.