Thursday, February 22, 2007

County’s Death Spiral Continues

The slow unraveling of the tax base funding the county, whose ineffective management of its responsibilities is what has led to that unraveling, continues.

At some point, one hopes for county leadership to embrace rather than fight the change and try to make it work best for the region, which needs that kind of public leadership.

There are new faces at the county leadership level and hopefully they will begin moving in that direction.

Petition deadline looms
Arden Arcade cityhood backers tout 13,591 signatures
By Bill Lindelof - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Thursday, February 22, 2007

Arden Arcade residents turned out at a Marconi Avenue church last week to hear that 13,591 signatures have been gathered in an effort to place the question of cityhood on the ballot.

That's more than enough to put the incorporation question before voters in November 2008. But petitions must first be checked to verify if the signatures are valid.

Brad Buyse, campaign services manager for the Sacramento County registrar of voters, has said that cityhood backers have until Feb. 27 to provide about 9,500 valid signatures.

The independent Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) will submit the signatures to the registrar.

Within 30 days, the registrar's office will determine if there are sufficient valid signatures. If there aren't enough signatures, proponents will have 15 days to turn in more signatures.

Cityhood proponents unveiled the total as part of a slide show on a big screen behind the pulpit area of Arcade Church that read:

"We did it!!! Final Signature Total 13,591!"