Walter Moore needs to explain the discrepancy, because Althea Shaw can't.
Last week, the proponents of Jamiel's Law were celebrating turning in "76,000" signatures to the City Clerk's office, but election officials only count 18,559---over 56,000 short of qualification.
Althea Shaw, who has blogged at MayorSam through the petition drive, wondered if the City deliberately undercounted the signatures; a very severe allegation that could mean jail for election officials. At MayorSam, in fact, she accuses the City of malfeasance:
We turned in five boxes of Petitions. Three boxes were full and two boxes were almost full. We get back five boxes and not one box is full!
That it didn't occur to the petition filers to duplicate the signatures is unusual.
City election officials say things didn't go down the way Althea Shaw claims:
City elections officials said that proponents of Jamiel's Law had turned in 480 petitions by Friday's deadline and that each petition has slots for 110 voter signatures. Many of the signature slots of the petition pages were empty, said Jinny Pak of the City Clerk's office, and elections workers counted only 18,559 signatures.The law is an attempt to revoke Special Order 40, an LAPD order aimed at reducing racial profiling.
UPDATE: Solomon Wolfson's Notes from LA also has questions about MayorSam and Althea Shaw, and notes that Moore seems to have now distanced himself from the petition drive: "That Walter wasn’t prepared to join the conspiracy watchers apparently irked Althea Shaw enough to earn Walter a thinly-veiled swipe on Mayor Sam: “I also don’t understand why a major supporter of Jamiel’s Law would send out an email blast of defeat before speaking to us.”
UPDATE II: Street-hassle said on April 14: "Yes, I too think that MayorSam is a little too close to Jamiel's Law for comfort. I would rather see SO40 debated on logic and merit than see it personified for the sake of political expediency."