Suit Filed to Reinstate Bayview Redevelopment Referendum
by Timothy Sandefur
Citizens in the Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco got together and signed petitions to repeal the city's decision to condemn a bunch of land for redevelopment. But the City Attorney refused to place the referendum on the ballot, claiming that the petitioners weren't complete. They weren't complete because they didn't include the full text of the entire redevelopment plan–a document the size of a phone book.
Now former Pacific Legal Foundation president Mike Grob has filed a lawsuit on the citizens' behalf, demanding that the City Attorney give the voters the opportunity have their say on the matter.
A press conference is scheduled for noon today (Pacific Time) on the San Francisco City Hall Steps.
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