San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/20/2013 11:40:03 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — City Clerk Gigi Hanna on Thursday reversed her earlier decision and invalidated any signatures seeking to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack.

The change was based on an email “that had been missed” until Wednesday, showing McCammack had met a deadline she previously appeared to have missed, Hanna said.

It’s another blow to the group attempting to recall Mayor Pat Morris, City Attorney James F. Penman and all seven City Council members – and, in that group’s words, the latest evidence of Hanna’s “negligence.”

The disqualification of signatures gathered against McCammack was based on the same interpretation of the city charter that led Hanna to decide on June 12 – in what recall proponents consider a reversal of an earlier promise – that signatures gathered as part of the recall campaigns against Penman and Councilmen Robert Jenkins and Chas Kelley were invalid.

Recall signature-gathering can’t begin until seven days after recall organizers publish a notice saying they intend to gather signatures alongside the targeted officials’ response to that notice if the targeted official requests it, Hanna said.

McCammack made that request on the final legal day, May 23, but the city clerk’s office had mistakenly considered her deadline to be May 20, Hanna said.

“This was found this week because I was out of the office from Tuesday through Friday last week,” Hanna said in an email. “It may be moot, however, because I have not yet seen a petition circulated on McCammack and would need to approve its form prior to circulation. …”

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