Ray Musser

In this file photo, Upland Mayor Ray Musser speaks during a transportation forum at the Hughes Community Center in Claremont on July 9, 2014. (File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/08/15 – 8:39 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> If an effort to recall Mayor Ray Musser does proceed, then the resident who filed the petition will have to reach several milestones in order to get it on a ballot.

Late last month, resident Hal Tanner signaled his intent to recall Musser. He admits he’s not sure how he will be able to gather enough signature to qualify for a recall.

“I don’t know how realistic it is,” he said. “My whole underlying goal is to make sure Mr. Musser’s record becomes public.”

The effort is being launched 13 months before Musser’s term expires, which has some questioning the motive.

“There’s no basis for Hal wanting to do this,” said Tom Mitchell, “When you look at it, you have to look at motives. If he got the signatures to force a special election, there wouldn’t be less than six months left (to his term).”

Musser, who recently turned 80, said he has not decided if he’ll seek reelection, adding that he has until August to make up his mind.

“It’s all about discouraging me to run again and try to embarrass me to not run,” he said.

The longtime politician said he has never been in favor of a recall because all it will do is divide the city.

Former City Manager Stephen Dunn, who helped fill out the recall paperwork against Musser, said the effort is being launched because there’s no guarantee he’s not going to run.

“I think he will run and that’s why there’s a recall,” Dunn said.

Based on the elections code, Musser had the opportunity to respond to Tanner’s comments, which he did Monday, said Jeannette Vagnozzi, Upland’s deputy city manager.

Now that the notice of intent has been received by the city clerk, Tanner will have 17 days to publicize his notice of intent to hold a recall. He will also have to provide the city clerk with proof of publication.

Upland is no stranger to calls for special elections. There have been two efforts this year – initiatives tied to medical marijuana dispensaries – to force special elections.

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