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Letters to the Editor July 17, 2014

Second chance to stop another rate increase

The City Council passed an ordinance that increased sewer rates effective July 2.

Is there something that can be done to reverse that sewer rate hike? Yes, there is.

It’s called a referendumIt allows for 167 valid registered voters who live in the city limits to sign the referendum petition and have the issue placed on the ballot. Once the rate increase is voted out, it stops and the City Council cannot raise rates for another year.

We, the newly formed Crescent City-Del Norte Taxpayers Association, are circulating the referendum around town for signatures. If you are not registered to vote at your current address, it takes about two minutes to fill out a new voter registration.

Try not to be confused with having signed the Prop 218 protest, which is an entirely different animal. In that instance, any ratepayer directly responsible for paying the sewer bill can sign, or any owner of a property that receives sewer service can sign. But only one signature will be counted. The last Prop 218 protest vote to stop the sewer rate was short by 250 signatures. 

In a referendum, all registered voters in a household within city limits can sign. If you recall, the fluoride issue went to the ballot as a city-only issue. In both instances county voters could not sign or vote on the issue.

A table is set up at 937 J St. containing referendums and voter registration forms. Drop by any time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and someone will be around to help answer any questions. We have 30 days from June 18 to collect signatures.

What is required from you, the voter? To print your name legibly, then sign your name and print your street address, including apartment number. No post office boxes. It’s really very simple, except for one thing.

We are collecting two to three times as many signatures. Why is that? Because it’s up to one person’s discretion to determine if your signature will be considered valid. Who is that one person? Either the city clerk or county clerk. Rather than argue with them, since we’ve already tried that in the past and it didn’t work, we collect more than enough signatures.

Donna Westfall, 

Crescent City

 

Bicyclists need to follow traffic laws, wear helmets

As a bicyclist, runner, dog walker and auto driver, I really appreciate the safety improvements made on Pebble and the Triplicate article highlighting them (“A road more safely traveled,” June 12).

However, your photos for the Saturday article point out two very unsafe conditions:

1.  A bicyclist obeys the rules of the road, has the same rights and responsibilities as any vehicle, so he does not ride on the wrong side of the road, facing traffic.  One walks or runs opposite traffic, but not bike.    

2.  A personal decision not to wear a helmet is a personal decision, but one made by someone who has nothing to protect. Helmets have made the difference between life and death in so many documented cases, including a best friend who was hit by an RV.  If nothing else, adult role models are important for children, who are required by law to wear helmets.

Susan Roberts,

 

Crescent City

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