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 Cohen said some feel the council no longer represents them.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.