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 www.facebook.com/San-Diegans-Against-Lilac- 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.”