Last week we saw a letter from Bill Dunlop, Chair of Citizens for a Livermore Central Park (CLCP) and ally to the Friends of Livermore (FOL).
In this letter, Mr. Dunlop states that the Mayor and City Council would infringe on the constitutional rights granted by the California Constitution under Article IV, Section 1. This sentiment was echoed again during the July 8 City Council meeting by allies of Friends of Livermore.
This statement is categorically false. The exact text referenced states that we, the people of California, have the right to bring forth an initiative or referendum to the people for a vote. Only after the vote takes place does the Mayor and City Council have an obligation to take any action.
It does not say that our government comes to a complete stop just because someone is gathering signatures. If that were true nothing would get done in California. If someone started an initiative saying Livermore cannot hire more firefighters would we have to listen?
Our elected officials have a responsibility to our city to continue to do the job they were elected to do. On July 8, during the City Council meeting, our elected officials did just that. They voted 5-0 authorizing City Staff to negotiate on a Development Agreement (DA) with the hotel developer.
We cannot let a group of individuals continue to intentionally mislead the public. This claim is coming directly from the person in charge or the organization behind the initiative. What other misleading claims are they intentionally making?
For those wondering what Article IV, Section 1 says in the California Constitution, here is the full text: "The legislative power of this State is vested in the California Legislature which consists of the Senate and Assembly, but the people reserve to themselves the powers of initiative and referendum.”