Paul Joiner, Spencer Short and Tom Cosgrove recall, Lincoln, California (2011)

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An effort to recall Paul Joiner, Spencer Short and Tom Cosgrove from their positions as elected officials of the City of Lincoln, California was officially launched on March 8, 2011.[1][2] The effort to qualify the recall question for the ballot was, however, abandoned short of going to a vote.

Joiner is the mayor of Lincoln. Short and Cosgrove are members of the Lincoln City Council. The current terms of all three are set to end, in the normal course of affairs, in November 2012.

Joiner was elected mayor in 2008. Short was first elected in 2000 and has been re-elected two times, in 2004 and 2008. Cosgrove was first elected in 1994.

A city council recall election also took place in Lincoln in 1994, when Stan Nader, a current member of the city council, was recalled.[1]

Recall supporters

Bob Birdseye was a leader in the recall effort.

His motivation for the recall is that Joiner, Short and Cosgrove placed Measure K on the November 2, 2010 ballot without revealing that "a $3 million misallocation of losses to the General Fund of which they were aware of as early as late June or early July of 2010 made the General Fund deficit appear greater than it was."[3]

Recall opponents

Opponents of the recall include:

  • Former City Council member Kent Nakata. He says, "Elections are conducted every two years. That cycle is to maintain continuity in government and policy setting in the city of Lincoln. In recalling the incumbent councilmen, (the city) will lose vital knowledge and resources. The recall will cause the city to have a brain drain. Think about the history, knowledge and resources that will be lost."[4]
  • Former City Council member Linda Stackpoole. She said, "A recall is to remove corrupt elected officials, committing malfeasance or fraud. That didn’t happen in the ‘90s and it’s not happening today. I urge the citizens of Lincoln: don’t make the same mistake again."[4]
  • Larry Whitaker is a leader with an anti-recall group called "Stand Up For Lincoln."[4]
  • Planning Commission member Dan Cross. He said, "It seems that, in other conversations I’ve had with developers, when they get wind of a thing called recall, they wash their hands and stay away. We can’t afford that. We need every bit of activity so we can again become the leader in the development community."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

Recall organizers would have needed to collect the signatures of 20% of Lincoln's 23,786 registered voters (approximately 4,775 signatures) in order to force a recall election.[2]

The required number of signatures would have needed to be submitted by September 21 in order to go on the ballot.[1] Bob Birdseye officially withdrew the notices of intent to recall on September 22.[5]

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