After just over 2 months collecting signatures on the We the People/Save the Franklin Mountains petition, I reported the totals to City Council this morning. 6,638 people signed. 3,808 of those were hard copies; 2,830 were online. (The number now online is 2,837.)
Here is how the petition reads:
"WE THE PEOPLE want preserved, in its natural state and in perpetuity, all of the undeveloped land owned by the City of El Paso on the western side of the Franklin Mountains that is north of Transmountain Road, east of the EPNG Pipeline Road and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary and on the eastern side of the Franklin Mountains that is north of Transmountain, west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and south of the New Mexico/El Paso boundary."
Because the petition was not an initiative petition, City Council is not compelled to do anything. The hope, of course, is that they will respond to this outpouring of popular support for the Franklins and against sprawl. elpasonaturally has learned that at least 2 city council members support the petition.
Should there be a need to gather signatures on an initiative petition, it would be easy as contact info for signers of the We the People petition has been collected. The number needed for an initiative petition would be about one-third of the 6,638 signatures collected so far.
If you haven't signed the petition (hard copy or online), you can still do so HERE.