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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/30/16 – 9:36 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A committee opposed to the ballot measure that would change the city charter asked Monday that City Clerk Gigi Hanna recuse herself and her employees from any decisions related to that measure.

Hanna declined the request.

Among other changes that would come if voters approve the new city charter — Measure L on the Nov. 8 ballot — Hanna’s position would become appointed, rather than elected.

“Therefore, if Measure L is approved by the voters, you may forfeit approximately three years of the term to which you were elected without opposition, in addition to your salary,” wrote Brian McCormick, chairman of the group SB Strong Taxpayers Opposed to Corruption — No on Measure L.

McCormick made the request by email, one business day after the committee learned Hanna had chosen — by coin toss — to distribute another group’s argument against the charter to voters, rather than the group that includes McCormick, the former San Bernardino County coroner/public administrator, former City Attorney James F. Penman and City Councilman John Valdivia, among others.

Penman objected to that decision when he learned of it Thursday, and City Hall is closed Fridays.

Although Hanna posted an online video of a coin toss while she was on vacation, McCormick criticized it Monday as “clandestine,” noting it was done outside the state and without advance notice to the press or the parties involved.

“These actions, especially given the inherit(sic) appearance of a conflict you have on Measure L, has already raised serious questions about your conduct of the Measure L election to date,” McCormick wrote.

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