Former State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana had an issue with what the petitioners were saying to turn voters against the minimum wage hike.
Jason Roe with the San Diego Small Business Coalition showed Fox 5 video of a petitioner being stalked by what he called “a paid union thug.”
“They also have paid people out and they’re harassing folks,” said Roe. “They’ve got union thugs, bullies, harassers out there yelling, stealing, and harassing.”
Roe said he wants to confirm whether the petitioners are with the coalition’s effort, but he said the message they send out is very clear.
“There’s a one strike policy, if you intentionally mislead someone to get a signature you’re done,” said Roe.
Petitioner Steve Langal was in front of a Clairemont grocery store Monday talking to customers coming out of the store.
“Help us repeal the city council’s deal. Let the voters decide the minimum wage,” Langal said.
He said he understands the passion from both sides, but it’s about letting voters decide.
“I’m not misleading, because I tell the truth. All I’m saying is what this whole petition is about,” said Langal.
Petitioners have 30 days to gather 33,866 signatures. If the signatures are gathered, it would trigger a referendum on the increase either in the next citywide election in June of 2016, or in a separate special election called by the City Council.