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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/29/13, 10:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Petitioners gathered enough valid signatures to put recalls of City Attorney James F. Penman, Councilman John Valdivia and Councilwoman Wendy McCammack on the ballot, but not enough for Councilman Chas Kelley, City Clerk Gigi Hanna said Thursday.

The city clerk said she will present the results to the City Council on Tuesday, so that the council can then call for the recalls to be added to the Nov. 5 ballot.

Penman, Valdivia, McCammack and Kelley are often political allies.

Recall campaign manager Michael McKinney said he was pleased with the results, which he framed as making sure seven out of nine elected officials responsible for the city’s bankruptcy face the voters.

Elections for mayor and the remaining council seats, except for Councilman Rikke Van Johnson’s, are already scheduled for Nov. 5.

“New leadership is emerging, and for those positions under recall, we hope that people will continue to rise up to fill them who will work together in rebuilding San Bernardino,” McKinney said in a prepared statement. “The Committee urges voters to participate, and to vote ‘YES’ to recall City Attorney James Penman, and Council Members John Valdivia and Wendy McCammack. While the Committee is disappointed by the count of the petitions for the 5th Ward, we are not dismayed.”

The city charter gives the recall group 30 more days to gather signatures for Kelley because enough signatures were turned in against him but too many were determined to be invalid. However, the charter also says the recall election must be held 50 to 70 days after signatures are certified, which would give a Sept. 15 deadline if the election is to be held the same day as the others and avoid an additional cost to taxpayers.

McKinney said in a phone call that the group would decide in a few days whether to try to get enough signatures for Kelley or would focus on getting a “yes” vote on the remaining officials.

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