Saturday, January 14, 2012
Mat-Su Democrats Coastal Management Petition Signing This Weekend
Carrs Safeway in Palmer
Coastal Management Petition Signing This Weekend
Local supporters of the signature drive to get the reinstatement of coastal management on next year's general election ballot are working fast and furiously to gather enough signatures. Statewide, nearly 26,000 signatures of qualified voters are required to get a citizens' initiative on the ballot, but they can't all be from large population centers like Anchorage or Juneau - 10 percent of voters in the most recent general election from three-fourths of the house districts in the state must be represented on the petition.
You can sign the petition at the Palmer Carrs Safeway between 10AM and 2PM on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
The state's Coastal Management program went out of existence on July 1st of this year because opponents in the State House and Governor's office could not come to agreement with project supporters in the State Senate. As a result, three local officials from coastal communities launched the Alaska Sea Party to pressure the legislature to reinstate it, and failing that, to put the initiative on next October's ballot. Organizers include Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby, Juneau Mayor Bruce Bothello and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman from Homer, Mako Haggarty.