According to the Clerk of the Court, Solano Superior Court Judges David Power and Harry Kinnicutt, both have “self-disqualified ” themselves from the case filed by the City of Dixon requesting the court to declare the Initiative petition to repeal the sewer rate increase “unconstitutional” and order elections officials not to put the Initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Currently the writ is at the office of Judge Paul Beeman.
According to the Clerk of the Court Defendants and Respondents haven’t been served yet and this writ will have to go through every Solano County Judge before it comes back to the clerk of the court. If all judges in the Solano courts refuse to hear this case the court will look for a “visiting” Judge from another area.
In the mean time the Dixon Chapter of the Solano County Taxpayers Association has submitted a new initiative, adding a request for a Special Election. The previous Initiative Petition only asked the matter be put on the ballot. The City Council took advantage of that oversight to delay a vote of the public until the November, 2016 General Election – by which time the Waste Water plant is scheduled to have already been built. The council did have the option to call a Special Election on the issue.