Peter Arth and Mario Rubino recall, Dunsmuir, California (2010)
The recall effort began in May 2010. Arth had been serving as the city's mayor and Rubino as the city's vice-mayor. Their terms would have expired in 2012 if they had not been recalled.
Nick Mitchell, Arlis Steele, Sandy Raine, Diane Dolf and Maralee Woffard formed the committee to recall Arth and Rubino. The petition to recall Arth said that those in favor of the recall believe he mismanaged the city's water and sewer rate increase process, and that his proposal to grow marijuana in the city's downtown historic district was an ethical violation of his position. With regard to Rubino, recall organizers said, "Mario (Rubino) is volatile, he speaks out of context, and he is not a good representative of the people."
A group called "Citizens for a Better Dunsmuir" coordinated both recall efforts.
Arlis Steele and Nick Mitchell were elected to the seats that became vacant when the recall votes were successful.
November 2 candidates
There are 5 seats on the Dunsmuir City Council. All 5 seats were up for election on November 2. Ordinarily, only the 3 seats currently held by Ed Steele, Helen Cartwright (who recently resigned from the board) and Cheri DuPertuis would have been up for election on November 2. However, the success of the petition drives to force a recall vote on Arth and Rubino meant that all 5 seats were up for grabs.
- Nick Mitchell ran for the seat that became vacant when Mario Rubino was recalled.
Arth moved to Dunsmuir when he retired after a 35-year stint as an attorney for the California Public Utilities Commission. He purchased the Dunsmuir Mercantile Company in Dunsmuir and was elected to serve on the city council in 2008.
Arth was given the nickname "Mayor Juana" because of his "flamboyant advocacy of medical marijuana."
Path to the ballot
283 valid signatures were required on each recall petition.
452 signatures to recall Arth and 417 signatures to recall Rubino were submitted to Siskiyou Cunty Clerk Colleen Setzer.
Setzer announced on July 1 that after scrutinizing the signatures that had been submitted for each recall target, there were more than the required 283 valid signatures. As a result, a recall election will was held.
- Siskiyou County, California ballot measures
- Political recall efforts, 2010
- Recall campaigns in California
- Official City Website
- Legal notice about the recall election
- Official resolution authorizing the recall
- Dunsmuir Recall website (dead link)
- Dunsmuir candidates to take questions
- Mount Shasta Area Newspapers, "Dunsmuir residents seek to recall mayor and vice mayor," May 12, 2010
- Redding Record-Searchlight, "Dunsmuir council in transition," June 19, 2010
- Redding Record Searchlight, "Group plans to run for five Dunsmuir City Council seats," July 21, 2010
- Mt. Shasta News, "Peter Arth: Dunsmuir City Council election 2010," September 23, 2010
- Mail Tribune, "California mayors split on pot law," October 5, 2010
- Mt. Shasta News, "Dunsmuir recalls have required signatures," July 7, 2010
- Redding Record-Searchlight, "Group's petition thrives to recall two Dunsmuir council members," July 2, 2010