Trinity Referendum: Does Hunt Have It or Not?

My bet is that she does. The first rumors were that she didn’t. The second rumors, augmented by a little knowledge of how the city secretary’s office works, were a little more hedged. But I don’t see how, with a base of “good” signatures at 36,000, they won’t find a mere 12,000 more valid signatures out of the 50,000 left to count. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

The good thing is, that when that number of people call for an election, whether their signatures were valid or not, we should have an election. So one part of me hopes there are enough good ones to meet the hurdle. That same part agrees that if enough people have this much of a question about the Trinity project, then there ought to be a full-throated, name-calling, public battle over it. But the other part of me doesn’t like (1) the risk that the whole project will go down in flames, (2) the fact that our new mayor has to spend his first months in office raising money and fighting a battle to save the Trinity, and (3) that we all have to watch for two to three more months while Jim Schutze tries to relive his youth as an anti-establishment campus revolutionary. But then, I’ve always loved establishments, wherever I can find them.

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