Former collective owner Robert Martinez is launching a ballot initiative to repeal Costa Mesa’s ordinance which bans collectives.
Martinez filed his intent to circulate the petition with the City Clerk’s office earlier today. Next, Martinez will have to publish the city-drafted summary of the measure in local newspapers, after which he will have 180 days to gather the needed signatures.
To have the initiative addressed by voters, Martinez can either get the matter on the June 5 ballot, or a special election can be held. To get the initiative on the June ballot, Martinez needs to collect 10% of the city’s latest voter turnout. To get a special election, he needs 15%. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Costa Mesa’s voter turnout was 13,758. In spite of these numbers, Martinez’s goal is to get 15,500 signatures.
Martinez was the host of the “Cannabis Community” radio shows that aired Sunday mornings on Southern California’s KOCI 101.5 FM. The program was recently shut down in order to remain neutral on controversial issues.
Costa Mesa joined with federal officials to close its 27 collectives in January following requests from the city attorney and City Council.