The San Diego Registrar of Voters informed the city of Chula Vista yesterday that proponents of an elected, rather than appointed, city attorney had collected enough signatures to put the issue to a citywide vote.

A press release from Chula Vistans for an Elected City Attorney, an advocacy group, states that proponents of an elected city attorney collected 21,688 valid signatures, plenty more than the 13,699 valid signatures necessary to place the measure on the ballot.

The press release quotes Norma Cazares, a proponent of the initiative:

We knew that we had collected more than enough signatures to qualify.  Now we need to make sure that the Mayor and City Council take prompt action to place the initiative on the ballot.

Cazares, the press release states, is happy about the success of the signature drive:

Currently, the City Attorney is appointed by, represents, and reports to the Mayor and Council members. We need an attorney who will represent and be responsible to the people and act in the best interests of the public. The initiative rightfully specifies that the City Council has the power to approve all lawsuits filed on behalf of the City.

Cazares told me she hopes to place the measure on Chula Vista’s next ballot, which is in June.


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