A petition seeking to limit the number of terms Pasadena City Council members may serve has fallen short of the number of signatures required to qualify for the special April election.
City Clerk Maria Stewart said Wednesday that a random sampling of the petitions turned in last month showed that too few of the 14,355 signatures were valid for a complete count under state regulations.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder checked 500 signatures against the office's computerized list of registered Pasadena voters and found 343--or about 69%--to be valid, Stewart said. The California secretary of state's office requires 95% of the sample to be valid to proceed to an individual count, she said.
The petition, circulated by onetime council candidate Nicholas Conway, sought to limit council members to two four-year terms and would have been retroactive. Conway's only means of appealing the count is to go to court, Stewart said. Conway was unavailable for comment Wednesday.