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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/12/2013 02:07:47 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Clerk Gigi Hanna on Wednesday invalidated any signatures asking for a recall election that were gathered before the joint publication of the notice of intention to circulate a recall petition, statement of reasons for the recall and the targeted official’s response.

In letters sent Wednesday, Hanna matched an interpretation of the city’s charter that City Manager Allen Parker gave days before Hanna announced she would take control of the recall process from Parker.

Recall petitions may only be circulated seven days after those items are published in a newspaper of general circulation, if the recall target requests that, Hanna said.

That’s a reversal of Hanna’s previous advice to the group campaigning to recall Mayor Pat Morris, City Attorney James F. Penman and all seven council members — and is not how they read the charter, said recall leader Scott Beard.

“We are disappointed that the city and Ms. Hanna have resorted to cheap legal maneuvering to derail this recall effort, knowing full well that we followed the charter rules regarding recall to the letter,” Beard said in a prepared statement. “We have tried very hard to keep the process of a democracy in the hands of the people and avoid turning this issue over to the courts. Unfortunately, our opponents would rather spend citizen tax dollars in a legal fight rather than simply let the people decide on our leadership in November.”

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