Barry Bruce and Mike Gomez recalls, Hawaiian Gardens, California (2010)
City council member Mike Gomez, who is part of a 3-2 majority on the council that includes Mayor Victor Farfan and Mayor Pro Tem Michiko Oyama-Canada, was targeted for recall. The Gomez recall appears to be related to his vote to approve building an $8-million sports complex at Fedde Middle School. Hawaiian Gardens has an annual budget of $2.5 million.
City council member Barry Bruce, one of the newest members of the city council, is part of a 2-3 minority on the city council that regularly questions what they view as wasteful city spending. He was targeted for recall by city residents who believed that Bruce was behind the Gomez recall. One Bruce opponent said, "A line in the sand has been drawn, and you, sir, are on the wrong side."
About Hawaiian Gardens
Hawaiian Gardens is the smallest city in Los Angeles County. It was incorporated on April 9, 1964. In 2000, it had a population of 14,779.
Hawaiian Gardens is one of seven cities in Los Angeles County that allows casino gambling. Most of the city's revenue comes from the Hawaiian Gardens Casino.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters had 120 days to collect signatures equaling at least 25% of Hawaiian Garden's registered voters. This comes to about 1,000 signatures for each recall target. Signatures were never submitted, and the recall effort came to an end.
- Recall campaigns in California
- City council recalls
- Laws governing recall in California
- Hawaiian Gardens City Council recall, California (1996)