Robert Youssef, Larry Smith and Shellie Milne recall, Hemet, California (2014)

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An effort to recall Robert Youssef, Larry Smith and Shellie Milne in Hemet, California from their positions on the city council was launched in December 2013.[1] The recall did not go to a vote.[2]

The organization "Hemet Residents for Responsible Government" led the effort to recall the three council members. Gene Hikel, leader of the group, said the organization was pushing for recall because the three members voted to start talks with the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department for services in Hemet, thus possibly ending the city's own department. The organization alleged that the three council members ignored demands of the citizenry to keep the fire service local.[1]

Recall petition

"We are recalling these three council members to stop them from making an irreversible decision to outsource Hemet’s fire services. It is time for these three council members to go so we can have a council that will work on building up the city, not tearing it down and dismantling it."[3][4]

Response from council

The council members said they were fulfilling campaign promises to investigate how the city could get the best value for its money. "If demanding the best possible service for the least amount of money is an action worthy of the recall process, then we will willingly accept the consequences," Milne said.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

A "notice of intent to recall" was first filed December 10, 2013. In early February 2014, the city clerk certified the petitions, meaning that recall proponents could begin collecting signatures. Recall supporters had until June 3, 2014 to collect 6,606 signatures (20 percent of the city's registered voters).[3][5] Recall proponents announced on June 2, 2014 that they had failed to gather the necessary signatures and would not be submitting petitions, thus ending the recall effort.[2]

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