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Making False Statements to Secure Referendum Petition Signatures is Against the Law

Original post made by Get the facts, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 20, 2016

To wit:

Julie, a resident of Birdland, made the following post on January 19th on Town Square forum re: the Lund Ranch referendum petition effort (see: Web Link

"A signature gatherer told me the petition was for PRESCHOOLS. I thought well I'll sign that. Nope it was for the Lund property.

Cmon. Get your signatures the ethical way or don't get them at all. What the heck. Reminiscent of the PP signature gatherers who pointed to THE PLEASANTON RIDGE when they told me what they were trying to protect.


Misrepresentation such as the above is against the law, as stated in California Elections Code Section 18600, Article 1, Improper Signature-Gathering Tactics:

"Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who:

(a) Circulating, as principal or agent, or having charge or control of the circulation of, or obtaining signatures to, any state or local initiative, referendum or recall petition, intentionally misrepresents or intentionally makes any false statement concerning the contents, purport or effect of the petition to any person who signs, or who desires to sign, or who is requested to sign, or who makes inquiries with reference to it, or to whom it is presented for his or her signature.

(b) Willfully and knowingly circulates, publishes, or exhibits any false statement or misrepresentation concerning the contents, purport or effect of any state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition for the purpose of obtaining any signature to, or persuading or influencing any person to sign, that petition.

(c) Circulating, as principal or agent, or having charge or control of the circulation of, or obtaining signatures to, any state or local initiative, intentionally makes any false statement in response to any inquiry by any voter as to whether he or she is a paid signature gatherer or a volunteer."

SOURCE: Web Link

Additionally, if you have already signed the referendum petition involving the Lund Ranch II project and believe you were misled, you have the legal right to rescind your signature, per California Elections Code, Section 103:

"A voter who has signed an initiative, referendum, or recall petition pursuant to the Constitution or laws of this state shall have his or her signature withdrawn from the petition upon filing a written request therefor with the appropriate county elections official or city elections official prior to the day the petition is filed."

SOURCE: Web Link

To rescind your signature, go to: Web Link

Comments (7)

Posted by City Council watcher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Excerpts from last night's (1/19/16) City Council meeting (taken from today's Pleasanton Weekly post, "A short meeting but lots of action at Pleasanton Council meeting") Web Link

"At the start of Tuesday night's meeting,...Allen Roberts of Grey Eagle Court led off remarks on...the Lund Ranch housing development.

Roberts, a sponsor of efforts to force the council to hold a referendum on its recent approval of the Lund Ranch development, said the planned development would violate Measure PP, a voter-approved measure that bans the construction of homes on hillside.

...many [other speakers] complained about tactics being employed by paid individuals who are seeking signatures on petitions calling for the referendum. They cited high-pressure efforts that include "in your face" approaches at last Saturday's Farmers Market and what they called "deceitful" forms they were asked to sign purportedly about other issues, but actually backing the referendum."

If you signed the referendum petition and wish to rescind your signature because you believe you were misled (which is illegal under state law), go to: Web Link

Posted by Raj
a resident of Lemoine Ranch
on Jan 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

This clearly needs to go to the voters. Sign the petition and let's all vote.

The citizens should decide Lund Ranch II. What is the harm? Stop trying to take away my legal rights to place this on the ballot. Personally I think you like an obstructionist and a fool. Back off and let me sign.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm


You make no sense. Do we vote every time someone says "not in my back yard"?

This is just silly. As many have said, all the proper planning and public notification was done. This is just a pure NIMBY issue.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

This would be all of us voting to keep all of us off that land.

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Castlewood

on Jan 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Bill Brasky is a registered user.


I respect your belief that you should be able to weigh in on this issue. Direct democracy is a part of California government. Hopefully you can respect my belief that a traffic referendum to satisfy a multi-million dollar neighborhood's wants is selfish and a waste of time and money.

Posted by Trina
a resident of Mission Park
on Jan 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Raj says: "Stop trying to take away my legal rights to place this on the ballot. "

Geeeez No one is trying to "take away" any of your rights.

The disinformation and propaganda being used to get people to sign a petition is just plain unethical. And in your world, no one is suppose to challenge that.

How about you stop trying to distract the public from the real motive of the referendum: redirecting traffic out of one neighborhood into another neighborhood and asking taxpayers to foot the bill?

And for the record- you have NO "right "to be absolved of traffic just because of WHERE you live.

You sound like someone entitled, telling people to "back off" . Perhaps Raj, you are not use to hearing the word NO?

You've been told NO, you are not going to get your way , so you stomp your feet , hire outside folks to do your dirty work and then dare to accuse people who object to such tactics of "taking a legal right away" from you.

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