Aug. 07--SAN ANTONIO -- Opponents of the VIA Metropolitan Transit streetcar did not have enough valid signatures to force a charter amendment vote in November because more than 8,000 pages were missing circulator signatures, the city clerk said Wednesday.
City Clerk Leticia Vacek said she ruled on the issue after consulting with the Texas secretary of state's office and seeking a legal opinion from City Attorney Robbie Greenblum. Based on Greenblum's opinion, the petition packet was invalid.
At issue was whether petition pages missing a circulator signature would be considered invalid. Petitioners say state law doesn't require the circulators' signatures; Greenblum said in a memo to City Council last week that the San Antonio City Charter does require them.
It was a crucial distinction. By not counting the pages missing the circulator signatures, petitioners did not have enough signatures to force a vote this November.
The clerk's report comes more than a week after the City Council, joined by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, pulled their support for the streetcar project in the wake of public opposition.
The city has promised to withdraw its funding for the current streetcar plan and to put any future rail projects to a vote before committing money to them.
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