Protesters gather outside of a recent City Council meeting. (Paul Alvarez Jr.)

Protesters gather outside of a recent City Council meeting. (Paul Alvarez Jr.)

A group of community activists attempting to qualify a referendum for a special election to block a City Council-approved development is hosting a series of petition signing parties across the city on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Bergamot Transit Village development, planned for the corner of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street, has some in the community upset that it would generate too much traffic and is out of scale with the area.

The development, planned by Texas-based Hines, features a mix of residential, retail and office space.

A group calling themselves Residocracy is spearheading the effort to strike down the council’s decision.

To force the referendum, approximately 6,000 signatures, or 10 percent of registered voters in the city, must sign the petition. The group has until mid March to gather them.

Locations include the rose garden in Palisades Park, Casa Martin on Ocean Avenue, various residences and Farrah’s Florist on Wilshire Boulevard.

For a complete list of participating locations, visit the Santa Monica Green Space Facebook page at facebook.com/SMGreenSpace.

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