8 Washington plan closer to vote 

click to enlarge A petition with 31,371 signatures was turned into the Department of Elections to place a referendum on the ballot to overturn city approval of the waterfront project. - COURTESY RENDERING
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  • A petition with 31,371 signatures was turned into the Department of Elections to place a referendum on the ballot to overturn city approval of the waterfront project.

Opponents of the 8 Washington luxury condo development said they turned in enough signatures Thursday to place a referendum on the ballot to overturn city approval of the waterfront project.

Jon Golinger, who is leading the effort, said his group turned in 31,371 signatures and believes it succeeded in securing at least the 19,405 valid signatures needed. The Department of Elections has 30 days to determine that.

If certified, the board will vote again on the project. If the project passes again, it would go before voters this November. However, if it misses this year’s filing deadlines, it would appear on the November 2013 ballot. In the meantime, the project would remain stalled.

“San Francisco’s waterfront belongs to all of us, not just a bunch of well-connected developers and lobbyists,” Golinger said. The effort included 300 signature gatherers — half paid and half volunteer.

Project spokesman PJ Johnston slammed the effort.

“The obstructionists ran the most expensive campaign ever to thwart the will of the Board of Supervisors,” Johnston said.

The issue became heated in the days leading up to the ballot qualification deadline. Project developer Simon Snellgrove of Pacific Waterfront Partners was out talking up his project, accompanied by a crew handing out fliers to counter the signature-gathering campaign.

The 134-unit development was approved by the board last month in an 8-3 vote.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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