Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – 2:18 pm

Efforts to put a public pension measure on the November ballot dimmed Thursday when proponents said they would sue to challenge the language assigned their measure by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The challenge, likely to be filed in Sacramento Superior Court within the next few days, will take at least a few weeks to resolve, shortening the time the measure’s proponents have to seek petition signatures.

“Every day that goes by is one less day to collect signatures,” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the initiative’s primary backer, said in a telephone interview. “Realistically, it would be extremely difficult” to qualify the proposal for the November ballot, he said, leaving the presidential election in 2016 as the next opportunity to put his plan before California voters.

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