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Town Council recall petition 30 percent complete, supporters say

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:10 pm

YUCCA VALLEY — The people behind a petition to recall two Town Council members say they are right on target with the signature gathering.

Ron Cohen said by email Tuesday that he and others are “30 percent complete,” with efforts to gather the 2,356 signatures needed to trigger a recall vote on Mayor Pro Tem Robert Lombardo and Councilman George Huntington.

The recall group has 56 days left to collect the signatures of 25 percent of registered voters in Yucca Valley.

Recall proponents have set up tables at local grocery stores and street corners, and some are going door-to-door to collect signatures.

“As we go door-to-door, (we hear) a lot of interesting comments from the citizens,” Cohen said.

He said residents voice their concerns about the town’s employing two town managers at high salaries while cutting programs. Cohen said some feel the council no longer represents them.

Critics of the recall effort say the group’s signs are misleading: They encourage people to sign the petition to save the Hi-Desert Nature Museum, swim program and Fourth of July fireworks.

Cohen said he and other proponents at the petition booths are clear.

“We point out that this is about the Town Council and specifically their failure to listen to the citizens,” Cohen said.

“Everyone who signs the petition receives two (fliers), one stating the charges against both Lombardo and Huntington and the second is the restoration plan,” Cohen said.

Cohen noted that under state law, any voter who signs the petition can withdraw his or her signature before the deadline.

If the petition is successful, Yucca Valley voters can expect a recall election between January and March 2014.

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  • CactusRat posted at 12:39 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    CactusRat Posts: 58

    Give it up you knuckleheads.

  • chip posted at 10:24 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    chip Posts: 3

    when did the pool close kids are still swimming there, the museum is open, concerts in the parks are still going on all the way thru august, and we had the best fireworks in a long time, 190,000 dollars of new playground equipment going in parks, two new parks, state of the atr animal shelter, low Income senior housing project progressing as planned and to boot a balanced budget... and we are paying our town manager 30,000 less than the last town manager that their cohort leone authorized a higher salary for and now leone bad mouths his fellow council members spreading lies as usual. they cant tell the truth and they offer no solutions to our many problems it all takes money $$$$

  • Branson Hunter posted at 8:47 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Branson Hunter Posts: 1187

    The Hi-Desert Star is to be commended for this article concerning the Recall.


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