I need to correct a couple of things on the post below about Chula Vista. I wrote that Earl Jentz was going to try to amend the new sales tax increase. If that increase passed in the May 5 election, I wrote that his effort would amend it and be on the ballot for the May 19 election.
I should have thought a little more about this and well, asked. It would be impossible for him to get something on the ballot that quickly. It appears that October would be the earliest possible time for him to get something on a special election. And such a special election for Chula Vista would cost approximately $600,000.
As Jentz himself wrote to me in an e-mail:
There is a complicated, labor intensive, expensive effort for citizens to place a measure on the ballot. I won’t bore you with the details, but with luck we are looking at the end of the year. Even the City Council, who can skip the signature gathering process and other steps needed 4 months.
My apologies for that bit of reckless opining.
I guess I thought it would be just too awkward for Chula Vista to raise the sales tax by one cent, after the state raised it by a cent and then have it change down a quarter of a cent a few months or years later.
But this is actually what Jentz is hoping for.