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Beers loses extension bid for anti-soccer stadium petition

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas city attorney has rejected City Councilman Bob Beers' request for a one-week extension to gather signatures for a public vote on a downtown soccer stadium.

The council voted 4-3 last month to contribute $25 million toward bonds to construct the $200 million stadium as part of an effort to attract a professional team.

Beers opposes public funding of the 24,000-seat stadium. He argues he needs only about 2,300 signatures on a petition to force the public vote, instead of the more than 8,200 demanded by the city clerk.

City Attorney Brad Jerbic said Tuesday the clerk has no authority to grant such an extension. He says the constitution requires the signatures of at least 15 percent of the registered voters to place a petition on the ballot.

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