CHICO, Calif. - Time is running out for supporters of the Saturday Farmers Market to get enough signatures for its initiative to appear on the November ballot.
On Thursday supporters of the market showed off their 7,000 signatures which is more than the roughly 4,750 registered Chico voters needed to qualify for the ballot. The organizers want extra signatures in the event that some are invalid.
The initiative would expand the market from two columns of parking at East Third Street between Flume and Wall Streets to all four columns. Additionally the lease would last for six years instead of the year-to-year agreement it's been under since its inception.
Recently retired City Attorney Lori Barker said the ordinance does not adhere to the California Constitution.
Nearby businesses claim the market hurts their bottom lines by taking up valuable parking spots and, in some cases, is a direct competitor.