The fate of a proposed November ballot measure that would force San Diego to seek competitive bids for certain services and allow the city to directly outsource without dealing with unions was uncertain Tuesday.
The county Registrar of Voters announced Monday that City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who is supporting the measure, failed to gather enough valid signatures to put it on the ballot. Per state law, the registrar attempted to verify a random 3 percent sampling of the 134,441 signatures DeMaio spent months collecting.
DeMaio has one chance to still qualify the measure by paying for the registrar to conduct a signature-by-signature verification, a costly process that he has said he would do if necessary, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
City Clerk Liz Maland told the newspaper she has yet to receive a cost estimate from the registrar on the verification process, but she indicated that timing may be more of an issue.