10:41 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Four of the five San Jacinto City Council members will face a recall election after the Riverside County registrar of voters office certified Wednesday that enough valid signatures had been collected on petitions to trigger an election.

The targets of the recall — Mayor Dale Stubblefield and Councilmen Jim Ayres, John Mansperger and Jim Potts — are defendants in a political corruption case pending in Riverside County court.

City Clerk Rick Miller certified the results. He said the council will be asked at its Aug. 5 meeting to set the recall to coincide with the Nov. 2 general election.

“I’m disappointed, but we’ll just see what the voters want,” Potts said by phone. “I guess the question is, will the voters of San Jacinto believe all the allegations.”

Potts said he hopes voters will consider the council’s accomplishments over the past 10 years, a sentiment other council members have voiced.

Stubblefield, who previously said he would not run for re-election when his term ends this year, said, “I’m trying to do my job to the best of my ability and keep the city’s interest first and foremost.”

The recall notices called the four “unfit” and “unethical” public servants who have sometimes not provided accurate information and who have misled the public with respect to financial and other matters.

Although the San Jacinto Corruption Recall Active Movement collected more than 4,000 signatures on each petition, Miller said he asked the registrar to stop counting once 2,900 signatures were verified on each one. At least 2,815 valid signatures were required to trigger an election. The county charges 50 cents per name checked.

“It’s good to hear that the count has been certified, which we thought all along would happen,” said Darrell Connerton, the recall campaign director.

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