This one came to me on the trip to the Huckabee Rally on Monday. The Deaniacs are such pushsers of referenda; why don't they petition onto the ballot a question for this November? To the effect of "Do you wish the Virginia Beach City Council to implement the political program endorsed by the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance on (insert date)?" The VBTA could draft an entire political manifesto covering everything they'd like to see City Council do.
There are some advantages. One, it plays to their government by referendum line. Two, it would allow VBTA-backed City Council candidates to run on a positive note. They'd be the ones going for a "Yes" vote. Three, it would drop the cost of campaigning for them, allowing them to piggyback on the referendum question.
My point: the VBTA would never do it. It would put their extremist agenda to an up-or-down vote, and they know very well that couldn't get 50% plus 1 to go for it. Instead they'll run negative campaigns attacking everything, offering no realistic or constructive solutions of their own.