07:51 PM PST on Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Press-Enterprise

Supporters of a recall of four San Jacinto City Council members should be out gathering signatures later this week, according to the recall campaign manager.

Darrell Connerton said he will meet with volunteers Thursday, once copies of the petitions are printed, a process that began Tuesday.

Interim City Clerk Rick Miller said he approved the petitions for circulation about 4:45 p.m. Monday. He has been consulting the Riverside County registrar of voters office to ensure the paperwork was in order.

The recall proponents have 120 days — until June 1 — to gather enough valid signatures on each petition to call for an election, Miller said by phone.

“I expect to take it much faster than that,” Connerton said. “We’ll be checking the signatures to make sure when we submit them we have plenty.”

The proponents — the San Jacinto Corruption Recall Active Movement, SCRAM — must gather 2,815 valid signatures to qualify for an election.

The targets are Mayor Dale Stubblefield and Councilmen Jim Ayres, John Mansperger and Jim Potts. The four were indicted in November and are accused in a political corruption probe alleging campaign money laundering, tax fraud, perjury and the filing of false government documents. All have pleaded not guilty in Riverside County Superior Court.

“We’ve got calls from people who want to circulate” petitions, Connerton said last week. “I get a lot of calls from people who want to know when and where they can sign it.”

Connerton said volunteers may sign up at www.scramrecall.com or call 951-595-1383.

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