By Jack Mayne The move to repeal the Burien sanctuary ordinance was halted on Thursday (Sept. 14) because it â€œexceeds the scope of the initiative authority granted to the people of the City of Burien” (download PDF of court doc here) The order said Measure 1 â€œexceeds the scope of the initiative authority granted to the people of the City of Burien, that it is administrative in nature.â€ The judge said King County Elections â€œare prohibited from including or placing Measure 1 on the November 7, 2017 ballot.â€ King County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Berns said delaying its appearance on the ballot does “injure the city or its residents,” and is not a denial of the value of the move. â€œThe injury if Measure No. 1 is placed on the ballot now outweighs any delay in having the Measure on the ballot at a future point in time; mere delay is not the same as an outright denial.â€ Judge Berns said the political committee that sought the delay â€“ the â€œBurien Communities For Inclusion â€“ â€œhas established a clear legal right, a well-grounded fear of immediate invasion of that right to put the matter on a public ballotâ€ and if it were on the November ballot it would â€œresult in actual and substantial injury.” The judge also said the petition used to gather signatures for the issue violated state law by â€œdeviating from the requirements for the contents and form of a petition,â€ as set forth in state law. “I’m very happy the lawsuit was successful and that Burien will continue to be a welcoming and inclusive city that cherishes the people from all backgrounds that are proud to call it home,” resident and community activist Hugo Garcia told The B-Town Blog. Garcia is a member ofÂ Burien Represent, as well as Burien Communities for Inclusion, which filed the complaint. He is also an immigrant who grew up in B-Town. Thursday was also the deadline for King County ballots to go to print.]]>
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