A recall effort against 4 of the 5 members of the Yucca Valley Town Council was started today. Council member George Huntington was served with a recall notice today and it is expected Dawn Rowe, Merl Abel, and Robert Lombardo will be served at tonight’s Council Meeting. The petition notice alleges six reasons for recall; 1- That as a council member, they approved a three-year, $300,000 contract for Town manager Mark Nuaimi, 2 – while cutting Town programs and personnel, they approved a more expensive animal shelter without identifying how the Town would pay the additional cost. # 3- That the council approved the use of $100,000 in public funds to promote Measure U; 4 – that they used their position to solicit funds for Measure U, 5- that they allowed the Town Manager to pursue a second tax measure against the will of Yucca Valley residents. And number 6 – that they appointed two residents to vacant seats on the Town Council instead of holding an election.
According to California election code, Council members served with recall petitions have seven days to respond with an answer limited to 200 words. After the town clerk has verified that the signatures on the recall petition are registered to vote in Yucca Valley, and verified that the recall petitions have crossed all their T’s and dotted all their I’s, the sponsors of the recall petition have 90 days to gather signatures from 25 percent of the Town’s registered voters, for the recall election. If the recall proponents gather enough signatures, then the Town must schedule a special election—at its expense—in not less than 88 days and not more than 125 days.
The recall notice is signed by 26 people:
Ronald, Denise, Edward, and Janeen Cohen, Rae and Steve Packard, Georga and Leota Hoagland, Lauren and Laura Wilson, William and Jeannie Boyce, Joyce and Walter Metcalf, Marilyn and James DeBoard, Thomas and Nancy Haynich, Leanne Abbott, Robert Hix, Joyce Hargrove, Harry Bowkley, Claude Short, 2 James K. Walkers, and Grace Walker.