WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR RECALLING AN LB CITY COUNCIL MEMBER?By LBReport.com
LONG BEACH (via LBReport.com)—In 2003, California voters who were angry over a number of issues did what political “experts” considered impossible: they recalled the state’s recently elected governor. Gray Davis.
During the past few weeks in Long Beach, some voters angry over the tactics of 7th district City Council member James Johnson in the redrawing of the boundaries that define the 7th and 8th districts, have been rumbling about a recall.
But what is required to recall a City Council member in Long Beach?
As indicated in the statutory sections compiled and published on LBReport.com, proponents of a Long Beach City Councilmember’s recall must first comply with pre-signature-gathering statutory requirements. After meeting those requirements, voters must collect the signatures of at least 20 percent of their Council district’s registered voters in legally valid form on legally valid petitions and submit them within 120 days.
The most-recent data from the Long Beach City Clerk shows that there are 26,322 registered voters in the 7th district. Collecting the valid signatures of 20 percent of them—on petitions that must be circulated by 7th district registered voters—would require collecting a minimum of 5,265 voters in the 7th district within 120 days.
But that comes only after satisfying the following statutory requirements in the California Government Code sections.