Attorney Craig Mueller, representing Bob Beers, who City Attorney Brad Jerbic refers to as “Petitioner Bob Beers,” told the judge that the city attorney may be “changing the rules as he goes along” when he told the petitioners that they only needed 2,300 signatures to qualify the measure, and later the city clerk’s office notified the petitioners that the number of signatures should be 8,258 after they saw how fast the signatures were being gathered and they “discovered an administrative error” on their part. They also told the petitioners that the deadline for turning the signatures in was January 30, when in reality it was the 29th of January.
The Clark County Elections Department said the petition failed to generate enough signatures to qualify. Beers sued the city January 30 and the matter was heard by Judge Jerry Weise on Wednesday. Councilman Beers launched the petition to place a measure on the June ballot that would give voters a say over whether public money should be used to finance a downtown soccer stadium. Ironically, the same day that the hearing was taking place, the daily newspaper published an article about two private businessmen who had put $375 million of private money up to build a private hockey stadium on private land,
asking for no money from taxpayers. “If the stadium is such a good profitable business, the investor of the city soccer stadium should be looking for no charity from the city and should put their money where their mouth is,” said David Rifkin,
an executive with the Las Vegas Tribune media group.
During an appearance on Face The Tribune radio show, Councilman Beers explained that he will sue the city if the measure is not placed on the ballot, and that is exactly what he is doing. Clark County District Court Judge Jerry Weise says he wants to review documents in the case and could make a decision in the coming days.