Armando Flores and Annie Spradlin recall, Rohnert Park, California (2004)
The unsuccessful attempt to remove Flores and Spradlin from office was based on a controversy in Rohnert Park about whether or not to build a "Las Vegas-style casino" on the outskirts of the city. Flores and Spradlin were in favor of the casino development.
Although the casino would have been built outside of the jurisdictional limits of Rohnert Park, and have been under the control of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Rohnert Park City Council voted on a $200 million revenue-sharing pact with the tribe. Flores and Spradlin supported that pact.
The Flores and Spradlin recall election was the first recall election in the history of the City of Rohnert Park, which was established as a city in 1962.
|Armando Flores recall|
|Annie Spradlin recall|
An organization called "Stop the Casino 101 Coalition" spearheaded the recall effort.
The editorial board of the Press Democrat urged a "yes" vote on the recall, writing, "It's a referendum on how the council majority has handled this highly sensitive community issue. In particular, it concerns the council's refusal to make important decisions in public and its decision to forge ahead with a casino revenue-sharing agreement without a clear community mandate. On these points, we agree that the council majority has failed in its responsibilities, and we support the recall." The paper also said that the election was "the most divisive in the city's 42-year history."
Adding up the campaign spending of the "yes" and "no" sides of the recall, about $200,000 was spent on the recall campaign.
- Smart Voter, "Shall Armando Flores be recalled?"
- The Union Democrat, "Recall of Council Members in Rohnert Park Unsuccessful," August 25, 2004
- Press Democrat, "Yes on Recall," August 24, 2004
- Press Democrat, "RP RECALL SETS SPENDING MARK $207,000 TOTAL EASILY PASSES OLD RECORD OF $38,600 SPENT IN `96 GROWTH INITIATIVE," February 1, 2005