An election to recall San Fernando City Council
members Jose Hernandez
and Julie Ruelas
took place on January 13, 2009
. Hernandez and Ruelas were both recalled
Brenda Esqueda was elected to replace Hernandez and Ernesto Hernandez was chosen by the voters to replace Ruelas.
Path to the ballot
To put the recalls on the ballot, recall supporters had to collect a minimum of 1,771 valid signatures from registered voters in San Fernando. 2,220 signatures were collected on the Ruelas recall petition and 2,250 signatures were collected on the Hernandez recall petition.
Jose Fernandez's results:
- Yes: 873 (65.6%)
- No: 457 (34.4%)
Julie Ruelas' results:
- Yes: 873 (64.2%)
- No: 487 (35.8%)
Reasons for recall
Supporters of the recall had a variety of reasons for wishing to recall the two city council members:
- Real-estate broker Adriana Gomez said residents were upset about the waste of taxpayer funds and a lawsuit that was settled in early 2008 for $750,000.
- Ernesto Hernandez said "People were upset about the mismanagement of city resources and the really negative attitude on the City Council during the last six years."
- The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, "The recall was driven by a variety of issues, including residents' frustration with slow progress in downtown development and the long-delayed construction of a city aquatic center. A lawsuit in which a developer accused Hernandez of making anti-Semitic remarks before the city denied him a permit also generated concern."
- Critics contended, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the pair "repeatedly voted to approve policies that benefited outside nonprofit groups instead of San Fernando’s 25,000 residents."
One lawsuit involved San Fernando Station LLC alleging irregularities in the city's denial of an alcohol permit for a restaurant.
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