Monday, June 17, 2013

Are San Bernardino Recall Efforts Worth the Time and Money?

There is a concerted effort underway to toss out the majority of the City of San Bernardino's elected officials. The recall is targeted at the mayor, the city attorney, and all seven members of the city council. This is significant if only for the sheer number of elected officials that recall proponents are seeking to toss out of office.
I discussed this issue during a "live chat" hosted by the Los Angeles News Group.
Proponents of the recall contend that San Bernardino's elected officials are responsible for driving the city into bankruptcy. Those opposed claim that the recall is actually about the desire of the proponents to sell the city's water system for their own benefit. Opponents are busy circulating an "anti-recall" petition. I will not weigh in here on the propriety of either argument.
Those pushing for the recall are undoubtedly taking an aggressive, partly symbolic stand. The mayor and three City Council members are already up for re-election in November, when the recall election would be held. Further, the mayor has already stated that he will not run for another term.

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