Patricia Troost and Ashley Bremmer recall, Cedar Springs, California (2014)
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- See also: Laws governing recall in California
Mark Laws first filed petition language with the Kent County elections office in December 2013. The petition alleged that Troost and Bremmer had "violated public trust by not following policy, procedure and protocol for the open meetings act" and "violated public trust by stating the process procedure to be followed for considering possible new city logo and then disregarded the process without notice."
This petition language was rejected at a clarity hearing held on December 31, 2013. Laws filed new petitions with the following revised reasons for recall on January 10, 2014:
- "On July 11, 2013 the city council motioned and supported to adjourn to a closed session and then adjourned. The Open Meetings Act 267, 15.267, 8A allows a closed session if the named person requests a closed hearing. No such request was made."
- "City council has a protocol in place requiring any change of import to be on agenda for public input and comment before it can be acted on by council in a following meeting. Former council member Merlington wrote this protocol. The new logo that was approved in November 2013 council meeting was not presented to the public for input or comments.”
At a clarity hearing on January 29, 2014, the Kent County Elections Commission approved the petition language. On February 21, 2014, however, circuit court judge Mark Trusock reversed that decision. Laws filed new petition language upon conclusion of that hearing. Another clarity hearing is scheduled for March 7, 2014.