Congratulations to the supporters of Lost Dog.
As we know the election will force city council to pass an ordinance that protects the area from development.
City council can in the future pass a new ordinance that would override the ordinance thus making the land available for development.
The city council representatives are not likely to do this from fear that overriding the initiative ordinance will hurt their chances for re-election.
The next regular city council election will be in 2020. Three of our current city representatives will not be eligible for election but will sit in office until new members are sworn in, so they could vote for a new ordinance between the election and swearing in day.
The period between the next election and when the winners take office is the most dangerous.
If the four city representatives that are scheduled for re-election in 2020 get re-elected they could vote to override the ordinance with no fear of hurting their chances for re-election. Why? They can only serve two terms. If they get re-elected they cannot be elected yet another time so fear of public backlash will be minimized–they cannot run again and thus the voters don’t matter. Combine those four with the three that will be lame ducks and you have seven representatives that can vote without hurting their chances. They simply have to have the vote between election day and the day new members are sworn in.
City council members can still be recalled but now it will the signatures of 20% of the people who are eligible to vote in that district in order to call a recall election.
We deserve better