Lakewood, July 15, 2008 ‚Äì Volunteer representatives of Save Lakewood, a diverse citizens group that includes representatives from Lakewood families, businesses, churches and the international community, will present the final petitions to Lakewood City government at 1:30 p.m. today.
The latest petitions, plus the petitions previously presented at the July 7 City Council meeting, contain more than 3,800 signatures on an initiative to place a measure to prohibit mini-casinos on the ballot in November.
“The volunteers really pulled out all the stops to gather these final signatures,” said David Anderson, the chair of the group. “Lakewood citizens have shown our elected council members just how important they believe it is to have a full and open discussion about the total social and economic impacts of gambling and then to have the opportunity to vote on this issue. ”
The signatures must now be certified by the Pierce County Auditor. If some signatures are disqualified and the total number falls below the required 3,707, members of Save Lakewood will have an additional 10 days to gather more signatures.
This is the first use of the initiative process in Lakewood since the Initiative and Referendum powers were adopted by 72 percent of Lakewood voters in 2005.