San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/07/2013 04:51:56 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The group that in May served notice of intent to recall nine city officials still intends to turn in petitions from residents seeking the recall of all nine, despite announcing last week that signature-gatherers would begin focusing their energy on officials who aren’t already on November’s ballot.

The group has always believed all elected officials with a hand in policy should be held responsible for decisions that led the city to file for bankruptcy, said spokesman Michael McKinney.

“There was absolutely petitions circulated on every one of them,” McKinney said. “The strategy of how that was done was led by the committee, but it was important that it was done on every one of them. And that happened.”

Whether the petitions will have enough signatures to require a recall election in November — 15 percent of registered voters for the drives to recall Mayor Pat Morris and City Attorney James F. Penman, and 25 percent of the voters in the ward of each of the seven City Council members — is another question.

McKinney says many petitions are still in the field, so he doesn’t know what the totals are.

For months, Penman has charged that the recall was focused mostly on himself and council members seen as allied with him. The list of officials not up for election — Penman and council members John Valdivia, Chas Kelley, Rikke Van Johnson and Wendy McCammack — largely overlaps with that group, except that Johnson is not considered part of that bloc and Councilman Robert Jenkins is.

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