Only five people wanted their names removed from DeMaio petitions
Opponents of City Councilmember Carl DeMaio’s “Competition and Transparency in City Contracting” ballot measure complain that his signature-gatherers duped voters when they did not disclose that the proposal would essentially repeal the city’s living wage ordinance. DeMaio himself hasn’t been very open about that, either.
So, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council set up a web page explaining to voters how to withdraw their name from the petition:
- Put in writing that you request the City Clerk remove your name from the initiative petitions. Describe the initiative by its name or your best recollection of what you were told about it.
- Include your name and address.
- Fax it to (619) 533-4045.
- Mail a copy to: San Diego City Clerk, 202 C St. MS2A, San Diego 92101.
City Councilor Marti Emerald even went on TV to explain how to do it.
Then, last night, we learned that based on a sample, it doesn’t seem that DeMaio has enough valid signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot.
So, Lorena Gonzalez, the secretary-treasurer of the Labor Council, tweeted this declaration at DeMaio:
@carldemaio thousands of san Diego residents coming forward to say they were tricked into signing.
Yeah, we did a fact check on that (you don’t own the term, VOSD) and asked the San Diego City Clerk’s Office how many people asked to have their names withdrawn. The answer:
Five. Not five thousand. Just five.
There is no way that angry residents who say they were tricked caused DeMaio’s shortage of valid signatures.
Update: Gonzalez tells us that when she made the tweet last night, the Labor Council thought that there was one last chance to file requests to withdraw signatures, but they learned this morning that that was not the case. She also says that she was not implying that these people caused DeMaio’s shortage of valid signatures…but she also now says that they “think there are thousands of people that were duped,” which is a bit different from what she actually claimed in the above tweet.