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Pismo ballot initiative moves forward 

After three weeks of successful signature gathering, members of Pismo Beach activist group Save Price Canyon officially submitted 919 signatures to Pismo Beach City Clerk Elaina Cano on April 15 for their ballot initiative that seeks to preempt overdevelopment in Price Canyon.

Cano confirmed to New Times that the group had submitted the signatures and said she’s currently in the process of verifying them. 

“I’m checking to see that they’re all registered voters, that the signatures match, and that they’re at the correct address,” Cano said.

Cano has 30 days to complete her verification and said that—based on her first look at the documentation—the initiative will very likely have more than enough valid signatures to move ahead.

“Assuming the initiative is validated, then I would probably present it to the City Council during their June 3 meeting,” Cano said. 

At that point, the council would have the option of either accepting the initiative as proposed, or placing it on the Nov. 4 ballot.

“The ball is in the council’s court now,” said Save Price Canyon member Marcia Guthrie. “There is a large group of Pismo residents behind this initiative, and I hope the city will handle this without bias.”

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