An immediate appeal is being prepared by the proponents of the SeaTac proposition to increase the minimum wage for selected transportation and restaurant workers.
As we first reported, King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas on Monday reversed the decision of the SeaTac City Clerk’s “issuance of the Final Certificate of Sufficiency” because the initiative proposing the new ordinance “is not supported by the required number of valid signatures of registered voters.”
The appeal will not contest the number but will contest the removal of duplicate signatures.
“We are asking the judge to clarify her order which will direct the (SeaTac) city attorney to accept and process the 250 additional signatures which were submitted yesterday,” said Heather Weiner, spokesperson for the “SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative” proponents.
She said the “Yes! For SeaTac” organizers submitted the additional petition signatures under a section of the SeaTac Municipal Code “which specifies that supporters have ten days in which to amend the petition by filing additional signed petitions.”
“We want the city to process those petitions immediately,” Weiner said.
Then the group will appeal the judge’s overall decision that ruled if a person signed a petition twice, both signatures should be deleted.
“We believe that is unconstitutional,” Weiner said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
There was a ruling to that effect in a state superior court, but it is not considered a precedent because a higher court did not sustain it.
This case was a Cowlitz County ruling that said if there are duplicate signatures, then one is valid, Weiner said.
“We are going to appeal the court’s ruling now, because we have a very tough deadline approaching with Sept. 6 when the county election booklet goes to print.”
Weiner says the thinks the legal process will move quickly because of the publishing deadline which could lead to “irreparable harm” to initiative proponents.
Not surprised at objections
“SeaTac voters and employees at Sea-Tac Airport say they are not surprised multinational airport corporations are back in court trying to block residents from casting their votes on SeaTac Proposition 1 this November,” Weiner wrote in a news release.
“SeaTac Proposition 1 would inject millions of dollars into the local economy and create good middle class jobs at the airport and related industries.”
Earlier, King County Elections, the SeaTac City Clerk and the SeaTac Petition Review Board all agreed that SeaTac voters had turned in more than enough valid signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot,” Weiner said. “Determined to stop SeaTac voters from casting their ballots, Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association went back to court.
In July, the SeaTac City Council voted to send the initiative to the November ballot, Weiner added.
“Airlines, rental car companies, the Washington Restaurant Association and other multinational and overseas corporations have already contributed close to $250,000 to overturn this citizen-led initiative, attempting to maintain a rigged system that benefits their own bottom line at the expense of hard working SeaTac families,” she wrote in the news release.