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Recall of Thomas Buckley from the Lake Elsinore City Council, California (2010)

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Thomas Buckley emerged victorious from a recall vote on February 23, 2010 in Lake Elsinore, California, where he is a member of the Lake Elsinore City Council.[1][2] Buckley was elected to the council in November 2006 to a four-year term that ended in November 2010.

7 school board and city council members were up for recall in California on February 23, 2010. Buckley was the sole politician to emerge from the recall votes still in office.

Those who wanted to recall Buckley had accused him of profiting from a land deal when he was the head of Lake Elsinore's redevelopment agency. They said that Buckley arranged for the city's Redevelopment Agency to purchase land from one of his campaign supporters at a price that was approximately double what Buckley's campaign supporter paid for the land.[3] Buckley denies any wrongdoing. Buckley says that he did not profit from the sale.

Steven Manos, Jimmy Flores and Phil Mendoza ran for the seat that would have become available if the Buckley recall had succeeded.[4][5]

The embattled city councilman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, a misdemeanor charge, in early November 2009. With respect to the incident, Buckley said: "I apologize. I take responsibility. I hope the community understands. I'm already working to resolve the matter quickly and appropriately. It's never a good time for somebody to do something stupid. It's never a good time for a council member to do something stupid. It's really never a good a time for a council member facing a bogus recall to do something stupid. I hope the community will be able to separate the two issues."[6]

Enelida Caron was the head of the Committee to Recall Thomas Buckley.

Election results

Should Thomas Buckley be recalled?
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,29056.09%
Yes 1,010 43.91%
These final, certified, results are from the Riverside County elections office.

Aftermath: Businessman arrested

In May 2010, Michel Knight was arrested "on suspicion of conspiring to hide his financial involvement" in the unsuccessful effort to recall Buckley.[7]

Knight owns Trevi Entertainment Center, a bowling alley and arcade complex, in Lake Elsinore.

Knight was arrested by Riverside County district attorney's investigators. He is charged with perjury, filing false documents and violating campaign disclosure requirements, as well as conspiracy to commit those particular crimes. If convicted on all six charges, he could be sentenced to as many as five years in prison.[8]

Recall target Buckley stated his belief that Knight "engineered and bankrolled" the recall campaign because Buckley supported revoking a live-entertainment permit at Trevi.

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