Recall campaigns in California

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"...the threat of recall can be a useful way to spotlight someone who is stinking up the place with the casual arrogance endemic to too many electeds. They feign selflessness and a mere desire for service on the campaign trail and turn high and mighty once in office."
Editorial, Pasadena Star-News, May 13, 2010

Legend:

Approveda = Recall target was recalled by voters.

Defeatedd = When a recall vote was held, voters rejected the attempt to recall the politician (that is, voters decided to keep/retain the targeted politician).

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot = Recall effort did not collect enough signatures to force a recall vote.

Portal:Recall = Targeted politician resigned after a recall campaign was begun, and before the vote on the recall would have taken place.

Clipboard128.png = Petition drive to collect signatures to force a recall is underway.


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City councils

See also: City council recalls

Mayors

See also: Mayoral recalls

School boards

See also: School board recalls

Special districts

See also: Special district recalls

County commissioners

See also: County commission recalls

Sheriffs

See also: Sheriff recalls
California

California

City councils

See also: City council recalls

Approveda Shasta Lake: Dolores Lucero
ApprovedaApprovedaApproveda Fullerton: Dick Jones, Pat McKinley, and Don Bankhead
ApprovedaApproveda Greenfield: Yolanda Teneyuque and John Martinez
ApprovedaApproveda San Fernando: Mario Hernandez and Maribel De La Torre
DefeateddDefeatedd Orange Cove: Frank Martinez and Glenda Hill
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Lindsay: Entire City Council
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Huntington Park: Elba Guerrero, Mario Gomez, Ofelia Hernandez, and Rose Perez
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Atwater: Jeff Rivero
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Milpitas: Armando Gomez and Althea Polanski
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Desert Hot Springs: Jan Pye and Scott Matas
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotVallejo: Marti Brown and Stephanie Gomes
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Redding: Francie Sullivan, Rick Bosetti, and Patrick Jones
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Dublin: Eric Swalwell
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Yorba Linda: John Anderson
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot San Gabriel: Juli Costanzo
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Lake Elsinore: Daryl Hickman
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotPacifica: Pete DeJarnatt and Sue Digre
Portal:RecallProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotProposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot West Covina: Sherri Lane, Mike Touhey, Shelley Sanderson, and Steve Herfert
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot San Bernardino: Chas Kelley
Portal:Recall Alameda: Rob Bonta

Mayors

See also: Mayoral recalls

School boards

See also: School board recalls

Special districts

See also: Special district recalls

County commissioners

See also: County commission recalls

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Lassen County: Jack Hanson
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Siskiyou County: Marcia Armstrong
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Calaveras County: Darren Spellman

Sheriffs

See also: Sheriff recalls

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Santa Cruz County: Phil Wowak
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Shasta County: Tom Bosenko


See also: Political recall efforts, 2010

City council

See also: City council recalls

ApprovedaApprovedaApprovedaApproveda San Jacinto: Stubblefield, Mansperger, Potts and Ayres

ApprovedaApprovedaApproveda Hughson: Thom Crowder, Doug Humphreys and Ben Manley

ApprovedaApproveda Dunsmuir: Peter Arth and Mario Rubino

Approveda Approveda Livingston: Daniel Varela and Martha Nateras

ApprovedaApproveda Montebello: Kathy Salazar and Robert Urteaga

Approveda Mission Viejo: Lance MacLean

Approveda Poway: Betty Rexford

Defeatedd Lake Elsinore: Thomas Buckley

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Brentwood: Bob Taylor, Chris Becnel, Robert Brockman

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Compton: Eric Perrodin, Lillie Dobson, Craig Cornwell and Alita Godwin

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Crescent City: Kelly Schellong, Charles Slert and Kathryn Murray

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Hawaiian Gardens: Barry Bruce and Mike Gomez

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Hollister: Doug Emerson

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Los Angeles: Janice Hahn

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Lynwood: Aide Castro, Alfredo Flores and Maria Quiñones

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Maywood: Felipe Aguirre, Edward Varela, Veronica Guardado and Ana Rosa Rizo

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Placerville: Dave Machada and Mark Acuna

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Ridgecrest: Steven Morgan, Ron Carter and Jerry Taylor

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Rio Vista: Jack Krebs, Janith Norman and Jan Vick

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Sacramento: Johnson, Tretheway, Sheedy, Cohn, Fong, McCarty, Pannell

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Soledad: Richard Ortiz and Martha Camacho

School board

See also: School board recalls
Recall Status


St. Helena Unified: Cynthia Warren, Ines DeLuna, Cynthia Noble Lane, Carolyn Martini ApprovedaApprovedaApprovedaApproveda
Capistrano Unified: Ken Lopez-Maddox and Mike Winsten ApprovedaApproveda
Stockton Unified: Dan Castillo Approveda
Tehachapi Unified: Mary Graham, Holly Hart, Patty Snyder DefeateddDefeateddDefeatedd
Bassett Unified: Laura Santos and Barbara Boyd Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Calexico Schools: Gloria Romo and Ruben De La Rosa Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Palo Verde Unified: Jim Carney and Robin Wellman Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
San Gabriel Unified: Scott Svonkin Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Stockton Unified: Jose Morales Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Vista Unified: Steve Lilly, Angela Chunka and Elizabeth Jaka Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Woodville Union: Nick Serafin, Andrew Castaneda, Felipe Guerrero, Javier Serna and Juan Valencia Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Yuba College: Jim Buchan Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

Mayors

See also: Mayoral recalls

Approveda Dunsmuir: Peter Arth
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Hollister: Victor Gomez
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Los Angeles: Antonio Villaraigosa
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Ventura: Bill Fulton
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Compton: Eric Perrodin

Special districts

Defeatedd Shasta County: Greg Peterson and Cary Park


Ballotpedia's 2013 Recall Analysis

State Targeted officials Recalled Retained Resigned
Alaska 2 1 0 0
Arizona 18 1 0 1
California 67 9 1 2
Colorado 19 2 1 3
Florida 5 0 0 1
Georgia 15 0 0 0
Idaho 4 0 3 0
Louisiana 11 2 0 2
Maine 21 9 1 0
Maryland 2 0 0 0
Michigan 37 5 3 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 1
Missouri 1 0 0 0
Montana 5 0 0 0
Nebraska 8 0 1 0
Nevada 2 0 0 0
New Jersey 3 0 0 0
New Mexico 5 1 0 1
North Carolina 2 0 0 0
North Dakota 7 5 2 0
Ohio 1 0 0 1
Oklahoma 2 1 0 0
Oregon 13 2 2 0
Rhode Island 4 0 4 0
South Dakota 1 0 0 0
Texas 30 2 3 0
Virginia 2 0 0 0
Washington 2 1 0 0
West Virginia 4 0 0 0
Wisconsin 7 0 4 0
Total 301 41 25 12

Ballotpedia's 2012 Recall Analysis

State Targeted officials Recalled Retained Resigned
Arkansas 9 2 4 0
Alaska 8 1 0 0
Arizona 19 6 4 2
California 87 11 4 6
Colorado 16 2 6 2
District of Columbia 3 1 0 0
Florida 1 0 0 0
Georgia 3 0 0 0
Idaho 10 2 0 0
Kansas 10 5 4 0
Louisiana 6 0 0 1
Maine 3 3 0 0
Massachusetts 7 4 0 0
Michigan 79 5 13 3
Minnesota 1 0 0 0
Missouri 4 0 0 0
Montana 4 1 0 2
Nebraska 9 1 2 0
Nevada 1 0 1 0
New Jersey 12 0 0 0
New Mexico 7 0 0 1
North Dakota 3 2 1 0
Ohio 1 0 0 0
Oklahoma 3 1 0 1
Oregon 24 3 8 4
Rhode Island 1 0 0 0
Tennessee 2 0 0 0
Texas 17 1 1 0
Washington 7 2 0 1
West Virginia 1 0 0 0
Wisconsin 12 3 4 1
Total 370 54 54 24

Total recall: 22 local officials face day of reckoning on November 6

By Kelly O'Keefe

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On November 6, 22 officials in 6 states face the prospect of being recalled from office. Officeholders in Arkansas, California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Nebraska will fight to be retained by voters. Below is a breakdown of the recall action in each state.

Election aftermath:Local officials recalled on June 5

By Kelly O'Keefe

While the recall activity in Wisconsin received a great deal of attention yesterday, a number of local recall elections also took place on June 5.


Hercules mayor resigns as recall effort intensifies

Joanne Ward, targeted for recall

HERCULES, California: Hercules mayor Ed Balico resigned abruptly on January 11, 2011, just minutes before he was due to be handed a notice of intent to recall.[1] The surprise resignation left city council members Donald Kuehne and Joanne Ward as the two remaining targets of a recall campaign fuelled by anger over "corruption, financial malfeasance and incompetent administration."[2]

With the resignation of Balico, the Hercules City Council is down to 4 members. New city council members John Delgado and Myrna de Vera were elected on the November 2, 2010 ballot, decisively defeating incumbents Kris Valstad and Joe Eddy McDonald as the first wave of voter discontent over what many perceive as financial shenanigans made itself felt at the ballot box.

If the recall effort against Ward and McDonald succeeds, the city council will have had a complete turnover in its membership.

Hercules is "a diverse Bay Area city of 25,000 people."[3]

Recall supporters include Cindy Rasmussen, who, at a city council meeting on January 11, 2011, when notices of intent to recall the three targets were served, said, "I continue to be shocked, appalled and, frankly, very incensed at the continual revelations of failures of leadership in this city by the long-term members of this City Council...We intend to take our city back and ensure that this pattern of corruption, lies and mismanagement will stop, and that you will answer for putting this wonderful city in horrendous financial jeopardy with your arrogance, your incompetence and your egregious lack of integrity."[4]

When Balico resigned, he said he wanted "to spend more time with his family."[1] According to Tom Barnidge, a columnist for the Contra Costa Times:

Donald Kuehne, targeted for recall
On the very night that a residents group planned to serve Hercules Mayor Ed Balico with a letter of intent to recall him from office -- in fact, minutes before it was to be slapped on his desk -- he announced he was stepping down from the City Council.

What are the odds of those events intersecting?

It's like a man deciding to step off a roadway just before a cement truck runs over him.

It was a lifestyle decision, Balico said. His many years in office, as a planning commissioner and council member, had made him a stranger to his wife and kids. Dinners were missed, vacations postponed. He'd even forgotten that his daughter plans to marry in May. (That should make for a fun family conversation.)[4]

When Kuehne, who was first elected to a four-year term on the Hercules City Council in 2010, was served with an intent of notice to recall on January 11, 2011, a local newspaper reported that he "...glared from his seat, a smirk peeking out from beneath his mustache, then tore apart the notice he'd been handed and tossed it over his shoulder."[4]

When Joanne Ward was served with an intent of notice to recall, she "...looked flush-faced stunned, as if she had just walked into a wall. She sat motionless, her lower lip hanging open as the charges were read. If a teleporter were available, she would have beamed herself anywhere else."[4]

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