A Superior Court judge refused Monday to hear a request to delete statements from a sample ballot to be distributed to Santa Ana voters later this month because the people who filed the request served subpoenas themselves.
The law requires that a subpoena be served by someone who is not a party to the lawsuit, Judge Harmon G. Scoville pointed out.
Jim Lowman, spokesman for the citizens group that filed the action last week, served subpoenas on City Councilman Wilson B. Hart, City Clerk Janice C. Guy and Charter Review Commission member Sara Broadbent. "Unfortunately, under the law, Mr. Lowman is not allowed to serve those papers," Scoville said.
Lowman's group, Santa Ana Merged Society of Neighbors, is supporting Measure H--a proposition that would set up ward elections for City Council members and establish a directly elected mayor who would vote only to break ties.