Each of the boxes that made up the podium had about 3000 signatures for
the initiative in it.
This was more media than I usually see at an event.
Peter reiterated the
basic talking points of the initiative (see above). Then he predicted
that the fall campaign would be vigorously contested, mostly by
developers that don't live in Santa Clara County. After that he
answered some questions from the media. They wanted to know about
polling, and he said that the testing he had seen projected the
initiative had a good chance of winning. The only question I didn't
hear him answer was "what are the names of your financial supporters?"
He explained that he wanted to protect their privacy, but that their
names would all be in the FPPC documentation as required by law.
Mary thanked everybody for their hard work.
The farmer explained
that he had looked over the initiative, and it seemed like it wouldn't
make farming in Santa Clara County any harder. He to is hoping it
passes in November.
This guy works for
Cindy Chavez, the San Jose City Council Member who is one of the
front runners in the race for Mayor. He made the initiative sound like
the greatest thing since they invented sliced bread.
candidate for Mayor of San Jose. He also spoke highly of the good
things the initiative would do.
Then Mary lead the
procession of supporters carrying boxes of signatures into the
The parade moved too
fast for me to get everybody. There was a supporter for every one of
the 19 boxes, and there were even supporters left over that didn't get
a chance to carry anything in. I was one of those.
They were still adding boxes to the pile when I took this picture.
Click the above to see the letter Mary was
I think Janice was
telling Peter it would take a while to verify 60,000 signatures, but
the Registrar's office would do it as quickly as they could. Peter was
saying he needs the initiative to be on the Fall ballot, and he thinks
they submitted way more than enough signatures.
After that we hung out and schmoozed for a while. A great time was had