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.
Kidding. (Kind of.)
Really, it’s because when the City Council approved the first updated community plan since 2006, which it hoped would eventually separate homes and industrial operations in Barrio Logan, its 5-4 vote applied to a series of decisions.