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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

City Council Schedules Special Meeting to Discuss Possible Marina Shores Village Ballot Measure

Redwood City, CA - July 30 , 2004 - The City Council of Redwood City has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, August 5, 2004 to consider action regarding a possible voter referendum on the Marina Shores Village project. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm (note special time) in the Council Chambers located in City Hall at 1017 Middlefield Road, and the public is invited to attend.

Last month, the Council unanimously adopted the ordinances required to allow the Marina Shores Village project to proceed. On July 27, a citizens group filed a referendum petition, seeking a public vote to repeal the rezoning ordinance and thus halt the project. The San Mateo County Elections Office is currently verifying the validity and quantity of the submitted signatures. If signatures equaling 10% of registered voters in Redwood City (3,209 signatures) are verified by the County and certified by the City Clerk, then the City Council may either repeal the ordinance or submit the ordinance to the voters. The Council could also choose to submit the ordinance to the voters, whether the petition is valid or not.

At the special meeting on August 5, the Council will be presented with three alternatives, briefly described as follows:

1) If the petition is deemed invalid by the San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer, then the Council is not required to take any action and the ordinance will be in effect.

2) If the petition is deemed valid by the San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer, then the Council can direct the City Clerk to return at its next regular meeting (August 9) to certify the results; at that subsequent meeting the Council could either repeal the ordinance, or submit the ordinance to the voters at the next regular election or a special election.

3) Regardless of the findings by the San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer, the Council may proceed unilaterally to submit the ordinance to the voters.

In the event the Council desires to place the ordinance on the general election ballot of November 2, 2004, it must take that action at the August 5 meeting in order to adhere to election calendar guidelines. More information on the Marina Shores Villages project is available on the City’s website.

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Patricia Howe
City Clerk
650-780-7220

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