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Jeff Rivero recall, Atwater, California (2012)

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An effort to recall Jeff Rivero from his position as a member of the city council of Atwater, California, was launched in January 2012.[1] The recall effort has been on hold since late February 2012.[2] Rivero was elected to his seat in November 2010.

Reasons for recall

Recall organizers disagree with Rivero's decision to support the city's reversion to a city-run fire department. The city's fire protection services are currently contracted to Cal Fire. Danielle Buzbee, who is married to a Cal Fire employee, is a leader of the recall effort.[1] Jeff Rivero hasn't made a final decision as to whether to stay with Cal Fire or move back to a city-run fire department, but he says, "A special interest group that has obvious self-profiting intentions will neither bully me nor scare me into voting their way."[3]

At a February 2012 city council meeting, the city moved forward with a new Cal Fire contract, and the recall effort was halted.[2]

Recall opponents

Fred Warchol, a city planning commissioner and supporter of Rivero's, says the recall is an attempt by the CDF Firefighters Union to protect its interests.[1]

Path to the ballot

Recall supporters have started the paperwork necessary to launch a recall effort. They hope to have the effort underway by June 2012, which is when Cal Fire would leave Atwater if their contract is terminated.[1]

In late January 2012, recall organizer Danielle Buzbee said recall supporters had gathered the 22 signatures necessary for the intent to circulate a recall petition.[3]

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