Group moves ahead on sales tax fight

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO — He walked into the room holding a margarita in one hand and a stack of petitions in the other but Dan Lopez was all business Thursday night at Fiesta Guadalajara.
Lopez, the co-owner of Treasure Valley Steel, wasted no time as he explained to a standing-room-only crowd of residents and merchants how they were going to stop the city’s 1 percent sales tax.
How? A ballot referendum dubbed “Stop The New Sales Tax.”
Lopez, one of the leaders behind the referendum, handed out petitions and answered questions regarding the process Thursday night. Along with Lopez, Ontario residents Larry Tuttle and Jackson Fox are the chief petitioners on the initiative.
Lopez, like many others on hand at the meeting, opposes the sales tax because the Ontario City Council recently approved the tax without seeking voter approval.
Ontario Mayor Ron . . .