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Costa Mesa First ballot measure gives residents control of their future

(COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA) – February 18, 2016 – Costa Mesa First announced that its “Initiative to Require Voter Approval on Certain Development Projects,” also known as the “Smart Growth Initiative,” is one step closer to being on the 2016 ballot. The Registrar of Voters has verified that the number of signatures required to qualify the initiative to be the ballot has been obtained.

Residents, concerned about how new development is impacting their lives, realized this is an opportunity to have City officials listen to their concerns. Over the past nine months, Costa Mesa voters have united around the initiative.

There is overwhelming support for this initiative. “Residents called and emailed asking to sign. People were grabbing the petitions from our hands,” said Jay Humphrey. “People would call their friends, neighbors and family to their house to sign. I had people stopping me on the street because they wanted to be certain they had signed the petition.”

“In addition to gathering signatures for the petition, our volunteers have registered many new voters,” said Rick Huffman, treasurer for Costa Mesa First. “The residents have rallied around this initiative, and want to help. We will have more opportunities for volunteers as the campaign moves forward to the election.”

To join the cause and help make certain all Costa Mesans’ voices are heard, please visit Costa Mesa First’s website:

Jay Humphrey: (714) 287-0558,

Rick Huffman: (714) 549-5884,

Costa Mesa First (FPPC 1332564) is a group of concerned Costa Mesa residents and encourages the adoption and implementation of smart growth policies. Please contact Costa Mesa First at P.O. Box 2282, Costa Mesa, CA 92628 (714) 549-5884, Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and at

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