Signature-gathering continues as Council mulls legality of Farmers' Market ballot initiative

Mar 28, 2014 4:53 PM

The legal wrangling over the future of the Chico Saturday Farmers' Market continues, after City Attorney Lori Barker announces a finding that that ballot initiative by the 'Friends of the Market' is illegal, because the California State Constitution states that no private party or corporation can obtain use of a city property. Friends of the Farmers' Market Spokesperson Cheryl King says the group plans to continue gathering signatures despite this ruling. She says, "I think it's important to understand that this was just a finding by the city attorney, and that no action has been taken, and that we are planning to move forward to gather signatures, and to move forward with the November ballot." King says the 'Friends of the Farmers' Market' had an attorney review the process before they began signature-gathering, and that attorney determined the process was legal and the group could move forward. The matter is now in the hands of the council. The lease at 2nd and Wall Streets is set to expire in December 2014. A deal between the farmers and the city could still be reached to keep the market where it is.


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