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CLEAN WATER PORTLAND LEGAL VICTORY!....and More

Clean Water Portland (CWP) won an important legal victory yesterday when a Multnomah Judge rejected an attempt by Mel Rader, the director of Upstream Public Health, to strip the word "chemical" from the ballot title voters would see when deciding on Clean Water Portland's pro-active ballot initiative.
Unlike our recent fluoridation referendum, which will only give voters the right to reject City Council's approval of fluoridation, CWP's "Clean Drinking Water Initiative" (which we have not yet begun collecting signatures for) would change Portland' City Charter to permanently prohibit the City from adding any "chemical" from "any industrial or manufacturing process to the City's drinking water."

Rader's lawsuit argued the ballot language should keep voters in the dark that CWP's initiative would restrict the addition of industrial "chemicals". But the judge agreed with CWP and the City Attorney's office who stated voters have the right to know the measure specifically restricts the addition of industrial "chemicals."

This is an important win because the ballot title voters see will let them know that this prohibition "would prohibit addition of fluoride that is an industrial or manufacturing by-product." Qualifying this initiative for a public vote will require the collection of 30,000 signatures before January of 2014.

CITY REJECTS JUST 3% OF OUR REFERENDUM SIGNATURES!

Verification of CWP's referendum signatures is a two-part process that is still underway.
Our signatures cleared the first hurdle with flying colors, with the City Elections Office rejecting just 3% of the nearly 44,000 we submitted.
The signatures are now in Salem at the State Elections Division, with final verification imminent.

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