There is a real possibility an Orange County "sick time" measure thatwas held off the ballot in November may never see the light of day. Proponentslike Sheena Rolle of Organize Now were back in front of theOrange County Commission on Tuesday to lash out about the decision last weeknot to put the initiative on the upcoming ballot while the courts and attorneysstudy the ballot language.
"What was also unprecedented was the push back fromour local government in such a public way," she said.
The commissioners themselves may decide to push back,depending on what happens as the case winds its way through court. Orange County Mayor TeresaJacobs has made it clear it is her responsibility to put the measure on theballot, but she does not support it.
"I don't agree with this. You don't like the factthat I reached out to organizations that also don't agree with it. You'reentitled to not like that," she said.
If a court forces Orange County commissioners to rewritemisleading ballot language, they are likely to do it in a way that proponentswould not like, possibly diluting the measure to the point where it would be auseless ballot initiative.
If the court forces proponents to rewrite the measure,the county could challenge all 50,000 ballot signatures and try to getthem thrown out, something Maria McCluskey of Organize Now is concerned about.
"We're hoping that they don't. You know, they brokethe charter with their actions in September, and we really hope they don't tryto invalidate. We are not really sure what the next course is."
The county's argument raises the question, if a person signedone thing on a petition and then something different ended up on the ballot, wasthe signature legitimate for a changed sick time amendment?