George Barich recall succeeds
Cotati has 3,986 registered voters and approximately 40% of them cast a vote in the recall election.
Barich was elected to his current position on the Cotati City Council in November 2008 by a five-vote margin.
Reasons given by Barich's opponents for wanting to recall him included:
- The claim that he misused city stationery to write President Obama.
- The claim that he posted a racially charged picture on a personal website.
- His use of an image of the Cotati official seal on his personal website.
- He voted "no" on a resolution to put a half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot; some in the city say that the sales tax was needed to keep Cotati solvent.
Cotati is located about 45 miles north of San Francisco. Its population was estimated in 2006 at about 7,170.