Victory for the State Building Trades in Case Against Chula Vista Anti-PLA Ordinance
June 27, 2008 - Today the San Diego Superior Court ruled in favor of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) and rejected an attempt to place an anti-PLA initiative on the November ballot in Chula Vista. The initiative, backed by the San Diego Chapter of ABC, would have banned PLAs on all city and city-funded projects in Chula Vista.
The proponents of the initiative had failed to comply with a mandatory deadline in the California Elections Code for providing notice to the public about the initiative. After the Chula Vista City Clerk rejected the signatures the proponents had gathered, they sued the clerk. SBCTC intervened in the lawsuit to defend the clerk's actions. Bob Balgenorth and Tom Lemmon submitted declarations to the court, explaining how the proponents' failure to comply with the Elections Code prevented opponents from educating the public about the initiative. In today's ruling, the Court agreed with the SBCTC.
The ruling is a huge defeat for ABC, which reportedly had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support this anti-PLA initiative. Scott Kronland and Peter Thoreen, of Altshuler Berzon LLP, represented SBCTC in the casePrint this Page