|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • December 18, 1913

  • A mass meeting of citizens to protest actions of the city administration and to nominate a city ticket for the coming election is generally favored, and in all probability a committee of citizens will issue a call for such a meeting in the near future. Recall petitions are being generally signed, the desire for a new deal all...
    • email print
      Comment
  • A mass meeting of citizens to protest actions of the city administration and to nominate a city ticket for the coming election is generally favored, and in all probability a committee of citizens will issue a call for such a meeting in the near future. Recall petitions are being generally signed, the desire for a new deal all around being stimulated by the refusal of the council to submit the initiative petition amending the charter to remove salaries of mayor and council to a vote of the people.
    u
    Prosecution of signers on the initiative bill to remove salaries from mayor and council who are delinquent in assessments has been seriously considered by the council, and the threat has been used to intimidate signers of the recall petitions.
    The prosecution, states City Attorney McCabe, would be based upon the warning printed at the top of all initiative petitions which reads as follows:
    "Warning. It is a felony for anyone to sign any initiative or referendum petition with any other name than his own, or to knowingly sign his name more than once for the same measure or to sign such petition when he is not a legal voter."
    The city attorney contends that on account of the charter provision declaring persons delinquent on improvement assessments, delinquents signing the initiative bill are guilty because they are not legal voters under the charter.
    However, as this clause in the charter is unconstitutional, the talk of prosecution is simply bluff for inimidation purposes.
    City Attorney McCabe and the council conferred today on the advisability of offering an amendment to the city charter to be voted upon at the city election, repealing the clause depriving a citizen of his vote because his assessments were delinquent. As the clause is contrary to the state and national constitutions, the action is unnecessary and a waste of time.
Reader Reaction

      calendar