Here’s a good read – how to recall a local politician

3 Jan

I know, it’s easy to shoot your mouth off, scream RECALL! every time you get sick of the politicians ruining your lives. But is it just hot air? Is a recall do-able?

Yes, it is. In fact, last June, opponents of SB1, the gas tax increase passed and enacted by California legislators in January 2017, successfully recalled a Southern California Senator who pushed the tax.

Unfortunately, the gas tax repeal measure, Prop 6, was defeated in September,  because the Attorney General created a false and misleading title.

I believe the Attorney General should be recalled too, but instead Reform California is now working on a measure that would take the duty of naming ballot measures away from elected politicians, who obviously have bias when it comes to legislation. 

But let’s talk about recalling local politicians who play loose and fast with the rules – like Karl Ory. I can’t believe I’m saying this – Thank Goodness for city clerk Debbie Presson, or the council would have violated the meetings laws and gone ahead with major changes to local building code without the required public noticing and discussion at last night’s meeting. It’s Presson’s duty to know and keep the rules of council meetings, and she had to tell Ory that he was out of line last night. 

But it’s really our duty as voters, citizens and taxpayers to know the rules, and our rights. Don’t be intimidated by the language – sit down with this “work book” regarding recalls, and I think you’ll realize, it’s do-able, People.

6 Responses to “Here’s a good read – how to recall a local politician”

  1. Rose Kelley January 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    I disagree with you that it is the city clerk Debbie Presson’s responsibility that the Brown Act be followed. Each and every council member, the city attorney and city staff all have been instructed to read and follow the Brown Act. I am stunned that a “seasoned” council member would wade into the Brown water. Ory should know better.

    • Juanita Sumner January 3, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

      You’re right – Debbie actually briefs newly elected officers after every election.

      Ha ha, wade into the Brown water – you have a way with the words Rose!

  2. Jenna April 7, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

    Has someone started the recall petition that anyone knows of? It’s time we quit talking about it, and start doing it. I have not talked to a single Chico resident form either side of the aisle who is in favor of most of these council members. I’m asking so I can start my research in-depth and start talking to who I need to if I need to be the one to start it.

    Thank you

  3. Juanita Sumner April 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm #

    The article linked in this post is a great place to start. It’s good to talk to a lot of people and gauge the willingness of the public to follow through.

    • Jenna April 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

      I know I read it, I’ve been looking into it for a while and had heard one was out there. I’ve done some asking around and no one can give me an answer as to where it is. But I would need to talk to some other people before I just went for it. I want to make sure I do it 100% correctly. But that’s why I was asking so if there is one out there we don’t duplicate.


      • Juanita Sumner April 8, 2019 at 5:19 am #

        no, frankly, I have not heard a word out of anybody until you commented. Sorry to be a flake, but I lost my enthusiasm when I realized a recall takes a lot of people, money and stamina. And then there’s the question of who would take the place of the recalled person(s).

        I had to ask myself, would you rather go to the trouble and expense to recall, or put that into getting somebody better elected? You might decide a recall is appropriate – let me know and I’ll help you any way I can. Otherwise, let’s start brainstorming some better candidates for 2020. And then there’s fundraising.

        And aside from getting them out, fight back. don’t forget those assembly bills that would directly affect us – ACA 1 lowers the voter threshold for tax measures, and AB 1306 would give the FPPC power to prosecute public agencies that use tax dollars to run revenue measures. I plan to write to our assemblyman James Gallagher and tell him we need his support on those bills.

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