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Petition Drive for Cityhood Is Launched

July 01, 1998|JOHN CANALIS

Proponents of cityhood for Portola Hills and Foothill Ranch launched a petition drive over the weekend to gather signatures that could help lead to incorporation.

About 100 area residents attended a town meeting in Foothill Ranch to kick off the drive, said Helen Ward, director of Cityhood Now, a subcommittee of the Foothill Ranch Civic Council.

Signatures are needed from 25% of the area's registered voters. There are an estimated 16,000 residents in the communities, Ward said, and about 7,500 are registered to vote.

Beginning July 11, cityhood supporters will collect signatures on weekends in front of the supermarket in the Foothill Ranch Town Center. Also, 50 people will go door-to-door in their neighborhoods.

Ward said her group has six months to collect the signatures but hopes to finish by September. After that, the Orange County registrar of voters will confirm the validity of the petitions and turn the matter over to the Local Agency Formation Commission, which rules on incorporation and related matters.

Information: (949) 225-9841.

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