When the going gets tough, the tough get going--and sometimes they even go gather signatures for a ballot initiative. And if Marymount College Palos Verdes gathers enough signatures, in November they'll ask voters to weigh in on its planned expansion this November. Describing the battle over the last decade to get approval for the expansion (most recently, a group of homeowners appealed the Planning Commission's approval), Steve Kuykendall, spokesperson for the project (and former politician), said the decision to put it to a vote was made by the school board in the last couple of weeks. "The ongoing delay pushed us to the point," he told us this morning. Additionally, without approvals for the project, fundraising--at least $50 million is needed ultimately--has been impossible, he said. "We need to get finality for the plan so we can go out and raise the money." Meanwhile, the Daily Breeze has a long piece today about the ballot initiative. Lois Karp, president of Concerned Citizens Coalition/Marymount Expansion tells the paper: '"By doing an initiative, it defeats the purpose of the city government. And it usurps the jurisdiction of the City Council,' she said."
· Marymount College to take its expansion plans directly to voters [Daily Breeze]