Coalition Leaders Respond to Lawsuit Seeking to Remove Measure O from the Ballot

“A Bad Attempt to Preserve the Status Quo”

August 16, 2022
Contact: Matt Rexroad

Sacramento, CA – Leaders of Sacramentans for Safe and Clean Streets and Parks, the coalition that drafted and proposed the original Emergency Shelter and Enforcement Act of 2022 (now Measure O), responded to local attorney Mark Merin’s announcement that he will be going to federal court to prevent Measure O from appearing on the November ballot in the City of Sacramento.

“We have worked hand in hand with top legal experts in the State to craft Measure O and are confident that the shelter requirements and methodology adopted in our Measure will meet all Boise test requirements” stated Amanda Blackwood, President and CEO of the Sac Metro Chamber. “We are watching closely to see how it unfolds in the weeks ahead as we stay laser focused on moving forward with the 4x2x2 meetings and pushing for the completion of the City/County Partnership agreement ahead of the Sept 30th, 2022 deadline. Any efforts to silence the voice of the voters and maintain status quo conditions for the unhoused is a distraction from real change.”

Joshua Wood, CEO of Sacramento Region Business Association stated, “At this point, we have a shared destiny and responsibility with the City on our mutual goal of passing Measure O. We will do everything in our power to defend the measure, especially against an opposition group that has focused on suing for solutions instead of presenting them.”

Daniel Conway, Chair of Sacramentans for Safe and Clean Streets and Parks, added “Merin would not be spending so much time and energy in court unless he agrees with our polling that this measure is likely to be supported by more than two third of the voters of Sacramento. The people of Sacramento agree with this measure by an overwhelming margin and absolutely deserve the right to consider Measure O this November.”

Measure O was placed on the November 2022 ballot by the Sacramento City Council in response to the explosion of the homeless crisis in Sacramento over the past several years.  The measure would comply with the Boise decision by requiring the City of Sacramento to provide safe places for the homeless population to go and get the services required under state law. California courts have always shown an unwillingness to prevent voters from expressing themselves on ballot measures.

Sacramentans for Safe and Clean Streets and Parks is a countywide coalition formed to advocate for and support immediate emergency action on homelessness by the City and County of Sacramento, led by the Sac Metro Chamber and Region Business.

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