Randol White | Capital Public Radio
The City of Elk Grove will spend the next few weeks checking thousands of signatures on a recently-submitted petition that could halt a planned casino project.
Organizers will need about nine thousand valid signatures of the nearly 15,000 submitted, in order for a referendum to be placed before Elk Grove voters.
The petition is in response to plans by the Wilton Rancheria Tribe to build a casino adjacent to a stalled outlet mall project.
Last week, the City Council gave permission the mall's developer to sell the land to the Tribe.
Elk Grove's Mayor told CapRadio News that talk of the casino is helping sell leases at the adjacent mall project, which could restart construction.
If enough petition signatures are verified, a special election will be held in the spring.