Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/06/2013 05:07:10 PM PDT

YUCCA VALLEY — A recall is under way against two recently re-elected members of the Town Council who opponents charge have not been accountable to the town’s 20,000 residents.

Notices of intent to circulate a recall petition were served April 30 to George Huntington and Robert Lombardo, giving them until today to respond in writing before signature-gathering begins.

“The bottom line is they’re not paying any attention to Yucca Valley,” said Ron Cohen, a spokesman for a recall committee he said now consists of 25 people. “They seem to be guided by the town manager, so there’s something wrong with this relationship. ”

No illegal activities are alleged, but the notices say both failed to exercise their fiduciary and ethical responsibilities, giving six examples for Huntington and five for Lombardo.

Four of those examples apply to both council members – and to others not targeted by the recall – including increasing the town manager’s compensation to nearly $300,000.

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