Why Shipbuilders Are Still Collecting Barrio Logan Signatures
The shipbuilding industry announced last month it had collected enough signatures to force a referendum on Barrio Logan’s new community plan. It’s still out there collecting signatures. Here’s why.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
A view of the NASSCO shipyards from Barrio Logan. Companies such as NASSCO, Northrop Grumman, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and BAE Systems, among others, are closely tied to San Diego's military presence.
Go to a grocery store in San Diego, and there’s a good chance you’ll bump into a signature-gatherer trying to get you to agree to put Barrio Logan’s new community plan to a citywide vote.
More than two weeks after holding a “Mission Accomplished” press conference, with boxes of signed petitions stacked as props, the city’s shipbuilding industry is still gathering signatures to force a referendum on the issue.
So why are signature-gatherers are still out there, even though the people paying them already declared the effort a success?
Because lawyers are sadists and governance is complicated.