Antioch: Two Initiatives Have Enough Signatures for November Ballot

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Area affected by the initiative is outlined in red. Green areas would be permanently protected from development. The Ranch project area is outlined in yellow. Image from Google Earth

The City of Antioch announced that two initiatives that focus on the Sand Creek Area were recently submitted to the City Clerk have now been verified for signatures. The two competing initiatives will now head to the City Council for recommendation.

The first initiative was submitted by Richland Communities while the second was submitted by Save Mt. Diablo.

“Initiative To Restrict Development in Portions of the Sand Creek Area, Approve a Development Agreement for “The Ranch” Project in That Area, and Allow Amendment of the Urban Limit Line by the Voter Approval Only”

  • 5,111 – Number of valid signatures of registered voters required
  • 5,156 – Number of valid signatures verified by the County Elections Office

“Initiative To Change General Plan Designation Within The Sand Creek Focus Area and Permanently Require Voter Approval of Amendments to Urban Limit Line”

  • 5,094 – Number of valid signatures of registered voters required
  • 5,682 – Number of valid signatures verified by the County Elections Office

According to Arne Simonsen, City Clerk, in coordination with the City Attorney, he will now prepare a staff report for the July 24th City Council meeting to certify the petitions.

The City Attorney will give the Council three choices on each initiative per Elections Code 9215:

  1. Adopt the ordinance, without alteration, at the regular meeting at which the certification of the petition presented, or within 10 days after it is presented.
  2. Submit the ordinance, without alteration, to the voters pursuant to Section 1405 of the Elections Code.
  3. Order a report pursuant to Section 9212 at the regular meeting at which certification of the petitions presented. When the report is presented to the legislative body, the legislative body shall adopt the ordinance within 10 days or order an election pursuant to subdivision (b).

Information provided by City Clerk Arne Simonsen


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  1. Very simple, Save Mt. Diablo is a no growth group with equivalence to poor mans hippies, people who live near Sand Creek development made many lies to get signatures all to protect their view. Antioch needs the money and higher end homes. Let them build which is what has been planned for 20 years. Too bad people who moved there didn’t do their homework. I think the Richland proposal is a good compromise.

  2. “Antioch needs the money and higher end homes. Let them build which is what has been planned for 20 years”

    I’ve lived in Antioch for 26 years… I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard this tired, old statement as if more houses is the solution to Antioch’s problems.

    • I haven’t seen the building of homes improve this city in any way. It it not the quantity of homes that make a city great. It is the quality of life, beauty and nature are a big part of life enjoyment. Let nearby cities envy Antioch’s parks and open space while they pack in the houses.

  3. I agree with Jim. Local politicians have been trying for decades to build their way out of financial problems. It can’t be done, it only makes things worse, including traffic. Unfortunately the real estate interests buy the politicians with their campaign “donations.”

  4. M.R.
    If the city can’t build it’s way out of financial problems then is the solution to tax their way out? What is your solution to a financially broke city?

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