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Santa Clarita officials stick with Monday deadline for billboard referendum petitions

Posted: May 2, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 8:01 p.m.

After some uncertainty Friday, Santa Clarita city officials announced the billboard referendum petition must be turned in to the Santa Clarita City Clerk by 5:30 p.m. Monday.

There was some discussion over whether signatures gathered in support of the referendum should be turned in on Saturday — which marked the 30-day deadline to submit the petition required under state law — or on Monday, the next business day after the 30-day deadline, according to a city news release.

But it was eventually determined that opening City Hall on Saturday would not comply with Election Code requirements, according to a city news release.

The ordinance in question, approved by the Santa Clarita City Council in March, gives the go-ahead to a proposal from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to take down 62 billboard structures inside city limits along the Metro right-of-way in exchange for giving Metro the right to construct three, double-sided digital billboards on city-owned property off Interstate 5 and Highway 14.

The petitions circulated by opponents of the digital billboards call for the city to overturn the ordinance or put the matter up for a vote.




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