The Santa Ana Merged Society of Neighbors, or SAMSON, has abandoned efforts to get a proposed city charter amendment barring new jails in Santa Ana on the June ballot and will aim for the November ballot instead, group president Harry Greenberg said Monday.
"The timing was lousy," Greenberg said. "We're going to get it on in November, though . . . no ifs, ands or buts."
The deadline for collecting the signatures of about 6,200 registered voters in Santa Ana to get the measure on the June ballot is today. Greenberg said SAMSON supporters had gathered only about 2,500 signatures since they launched their effort in late January. "There just wasn't enough time," he said.
The proposed amendment would bar city officials from approving construction of a new jail or expansion of an existing one within two miles of a school, public park or hospital. It also would restrict utility hookups for a new jail facility.