Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2013 08:51:59 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The statements made in a video where a man carrying a petition to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack claims he is gathering signatures “to get her back on the council” is deceptive — all sides agree on that.

But while opponents of the recall drive say the video is evidence of dirty tactics by the group trying to recall city officials, recall proponents say just the opposite.

“Something smells in Berdoo,” said Barbara Babcock, a recall supporter, in an email. “Watch and LISTEN to this video. …. How do you spell STAGED?”

Among other misgivings, Babcock and others say they’re suspicious of the sound quality on a security camera, saying it sounds like the people in the video are miked for sound.

To allay those fears, the woman shown in the video agreed to an interview and inspection of her security system Monday.

“We got the camera for safety, but I’m glad we caught this on video because I just can’t stand these misrepresentations,” she said, sitting on the porch shown in the video that was put online late Saturday night.

Homeowners “Anne” and “Charles,” both between 45 and 55 years old, said they didn’t want to give their names or address because “Charles” works in law enforcement and is concerned about parolees finding him and about appearing to take a political position that his bosses haven’t approved.

They say they’re opposed to the recall and support McCammack, whom they know from neighborhood watch meetings, but don’t watch city politics particularly closely.

It was the claims by another signature-gatherer, who weeks earlier urged her to sign a recall petition against City Attorney James F. Penman by saying Penman had “voted for all the things that led us being bankrupt,” that caused her to research the recall, she said.

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