Since the microphone was off when I spoke at the Nov. 22 Carpinteria City Council meeting, I would like to inform Carpinterians that members of the Committee to Save the Downtown & Beach Parking Lot submitted 28 petition packets with over 1,000 signatures. That is several hundred signatures more than the minimum number required to qualify for filing. 

We will be notified within 30 business days or, at the latest, by Jan. 4, the result of the verification by the Santa Barbara County Office of Elections. Then, the city will follow the election code. 

Hopefully no decisions about the proposed Surfliner Inn will happen before all registered voters are allowed to vote on the use of public property.