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Lawsuit Filed by Petitioners Claiming Elections Code Violations

EUREKA, Calif., October 17, 2023 – Mike Munson and Michelle Costantine-Blackwell, proponents of the City of Eureka Housing for All and Downtown Vitality Initiative, have filed suit against the city seeking judicial relief from the city’s apparent intent to improperly postpone an election on the Initiative until November 5, 2024. The lawsuit also alleges the city violated the Elections Code by failing to certify the Initiative at the City Council’s October 3, 2023, regular meeting.  

The Housing for All Initiative has been placed on tonight’s City Council agenda. At tonight’s meeting, the council can take one of two actions: (1) adopt the ordinance directly or (2) submit the ordinance to voters. According to the Agenda Summary prepared by city staff, the Initiative would be placed on the November 5, 2024, ballot. According to the Elections Code, the city must place the Initiative on the March 5, 2024, ballot, the next statewide general (not just primary) election.  

The Council can correct the mistakes and avoid needless litigation by voting tonight to adopt or place the Initiative on the March 5, 2024, ballot. 

You can read the full petition below.

23-10-16 EC Petition

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