RAID seeks signatures for referendum

KINGMAN - Despite the hurries and worries of the holiday season, members of Residents Against Irresponsible Development are continuing their mission to put a referendum on the May ballot.

The referendum is an attempt to place approval of a strip mall at the intersection of Castle Rock Road and Airway Avenue in front of voters.

Council approved the strip mall during its Dec. 4 meeting.

RAID is claiming the mall will create more traffic problems and is unwanted by residents in the area.

The group took out the referendum petition on Dec. 5. They have 30 days to turn it back into the City Clerk's Office.

RAID member Gwen Gilman said the group has already collected about half of the signatures necessary for the petition. They have been struggling in the last week to collect more signatures due to the holiday season.

"People are just too busy," Gilman said.

She said the group is planning a signature blitz campaign for the week following Christmas.

Harley Pettit, another member of the group, said they have had people from all over the city signing the petition and seeking more information through the group's e-mail address, kingmanraid@yahoo.com.

There is no real figurehead for the group, he said. Instead, the group is trying to recruit residents from every section of the city. Every time a new zoning or development issue comes up, a resident from that section of the city will lead the group, he said.

"We're no longer just individuals fighting for a cause. We're a group. We're someone to be reckoned with," he said.