Escondido, CA

Accretive delivers 110,000 LHR petitions to registrar

Recently the Accretive Group deliv­ered 110,000 petition signatures to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters in 137 boxes.

The petitions are for an initiative that would put the Lilac Hills Ranch project before the voters of the entire county in November.

Lilac Hills Ranch is a large-scale project that would be located at about I-15 & West Lilac on unincorporated Valley Center near where Escondido, Valley Center and Bonsall intersect.

Registrar Michael Vu last week con­firmed that the signatures were sub­mitted. Now the Registrar’s staff will determine whether enough valid signa­tures were submitted to reach the magic number of 68,000, the amount required to put the initiative on the ballot.

If the project proponents get the sig­natures they require, it will be submit­ted to a vote of the Board of Supervi­sors on August 2 and will either be approved with no changes or end up on the November ballot.

State law allows the Registrar’s staff to examine 3% of the petitions to de­termine if a high enough percentage of them are valid. The Registrar has 30 days to do this. If, by this process they determine that between 97-110% of the 68,000 signatures are valid then they will forward those results to the Board of Supervisors.

At this point the proponents of Lilac Hills Ranch have not unveiled a cam­paign committee or official campaign website. However, the opponents have.

A San Diegans Against Lilac Hills Facebook page has become active. It can be found at Hills-Ranch-1626261664366508/. The anti-LHR group has retained a social media campaign expert and a political consultant and say they plan “to mount an aggressive campaign against the Lilac Hills Ranch ballot ini­tiative.”

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