Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Board of Supervisors expected to get sued when it voted to keep the General Plan initiative off the June primary ballot last week. And it only took initiative supporters a day to file that suit against the county, saying the Board's vote clearly violated the law. The stakes are high - the proposal would set land use policy throughout the county for the next 20 years. But the battle has moved from the initiative's merits straight into the courts.
For a legal opinion, KAZU's Ben Adler talked with Stanford Law professor Richard Ford, who's had a chance to review the initiative and state election law. He says the Board's vote was illegal, but there may be a silver lining for initiative opponents.