Today at 1:30 p.m., Mayor Mike McGinn will make fanfare at City Hall of vetoing the city council's narrowly approved aggressive-solicitation bill, to the backdrop of organization leaders who opposed the measure. Oddly, he's not signing the bill itself—"There's a little bit of paperwork that needs to be done before it goes to the city clerk," says McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus—but will instead sign a letter explaining why he's smacking down the bad legislation.

His veto looks impossible to overcome.

Within five days of a veto, the mayor must publish his reasoning in the Daily Journal of Commerce. Between publishing that veto statement and within 30 days of the veto itself, city law requires the council to take a second vote on the bill. Can the council override it? They don't appear to have the six votes they need as it is. Moreover, City Council Member Tim Burgess, who sponsored the bill, is about to leave for three weeks on a trip to Turkey. He doesn't get back until May 18, his staff says. The first full council meeting that he'll be present for: May 24—which is 31 days after today's veto. At this point, the re-vote will likely be four to four, and the bill will be dead.