On Tuesday, November 20, two candidates for city council position one—the seat Commissioner Sam Adams is vacating to run for mayor—turned in their first 300 signatures verifying $5 contributions toward their bids for public financing. Chris Smith turned in 327 signatures, and John Branam turned in 300. (According to Amanda Fritz's campaign website, she's collected 670 signatures and contributions to date; she turned in her first 300 on October 25, and 295 were verified by the city auditor's office.) Candidates have until January 31 to turn in all of their signatures.
And on Monday, November 19, Howard Weiner—neighborhood activist and owner of Cal Skate Skateboards on NW 6th—filed a declaration of intent to run in the same race. AMY J. RUIZ
The district attorney's office has delayed a grand jury vote on whether to criminally indict 21-year-old Eric Nash for allegedly stabbing his jail cellmate, Michael Evans, in the eye with a pencil last month ["Revisionism," News, Nov 15]. Deputy District Attorney Josh Lamborn says he has received a 150-page investigation into the incident from the sheriff's office, which he needs to review to determine whether further charges can be made against Nash. Meanwhile, a sheriff's office spokesman said he "did not know" whether the investigation had been completed, or what its outcome might have been. Evans alleges Nash was told to assault him by Sheriff's Deputy Brian Flanagan. MATT DAVIS