I’ve been in the woods for the past week, but learned a few days ago that the Board had approved the measure for the ballot.  We collected over 5600 signatures, and about 4300 of them were valid (We needed about 3700).   We learned a great deal about collecting signatures including the importance of having the voter list so we can know if they are registered at their current address.  It was disheartening as so many names came up invalid, but any safe landing is a good landing.

In the meantime, much was said by officials at the hearing which will require some cleaning up.  I’m working on a letter to the editor right now.  But no, there is nothing in the measure which interferes with the Sheriff’s ability to inquire as to sex traffic or any other crime.

And the impact on the load of the Human Rights Commission should be pretty minimal.

And the fiscal impact will be minimal unless the county repeatedly violates it and opens itself up to lawsuits, and even then the ordinance would not create a basis for monetary damages.

As it happens, the provisions regarding parental preferences upon separation became timely over the past weeks.

Anyway, I’ll have much more to say about this.  If it passes, it may be the first sanctuary law in the nation to be passed by voters.  Can we pass the thing in a county where 80 percent of the voters are white?  We’ll find out in November.

Times Standard coverage.

Addendum:  LoCo coverage and for the record, the ordinance would not, and could not regulate ICE activity.  The provision about time, place, and manner of arrest applies only when the Sheriff must act on a court-ordered warrant.

And I just came across my letter of last year – on the Redheaded Blackbelt. I had high hopes of more BOS involvement.  They shouldn’t whine about the wording now.  They had their chance to work with us.