Tubbs’ recallers botch first filing


Brenda Vazquez, left, with Dionne Smith-Downs, announcing a recall petition for Mayor Michael Tubbs. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

From: Katherine Roland <Katherine.Roland@stocktonca.gov>
Date: January 12, 2018 at 1:30:12 PM PST
To: Michael Tubbs <Michael.Tubbs@stocktonca.gov>, Cameron Burns <Cameron.Burns@stocktonca.gov>, Daniel Lopez <Daniel.Lopez@stocktonca.gov>, Max Vargas <Max.Vargas@stocktonca.gov>
Cc: Bret Hunter <Bret.Hunter@stocktonca.gov>
Subject: Intent to Recall Petition Update

Good Afternoon,

Brenda Vasquez arrived at 1:23pm. She brought a photocopy of the document submitted at the Council Meeting to be filed and nothing else. Without proper documents we were not able to file the Intent to Recall. She stated she will return.


Katherine Roland
Records Research Specialist
Office of the City Clerk

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According to the Elections Code, “The notice of intention shall contain all of the following:

“(a) The name and title of the officer sought to be recalled.

“(b) A statement, not exceeding 200 words in length, of the reasons for the proposed recall.

“(c) The printed name, signature, and residence address, including street and number, city, and ZIP Code, of each of the proponents of the recall. If a proponent cannot receive mail at the residence address, he or she must provide an alternative mailing address. The minimum number of proponents is 10, or equal to the number of signatures required to have been filed on the nomination paper of the officer sought to be recalled, whichever is higher.”

Though these requirements are spelled out, and are not difficult, the proponents of this silly recall failed to meet them anyway. An indication, perhaps, of the political acumen they bring to the campaign.

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