Group Launches Effort to Recall Mayor, Vote Out Top Officials
15 of the 17 officials "Recall City Hall" calls the "Spring Street Gang"
Citing a "total abuse of the position," a group of former candidates and local activists have launched an effort to recall Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, according to KNX1070.
The "Recall City Hall" movement includes among its supporters onetime candidates for the job Walter Moore, Phil Jennerjahn, and David Hernandez, as well as former City Council candidate Augusto Bisani.
Hernandez claims that "Villaraigosa failed to heed warnings years ago that the national recession would have a crippling effect on the city," and believes that if people want change, they are going to have to be active about demanding it from their elected officials.
While some may dismiss a recall campaign, Hernandez is quick to point out the surprising momentum the recall of Gray Davis had, and its ultimate success. In order to get a recall of Mayor Villaraigosa on the ballot, though, they will need to amass at least 243,000 supporters' signatures in 120 days. They are setting up a way to ease mobilization of their supporters by online portals to petitions that people can print out and send in to their headquarters for inclusion.
Beyond the push to recall the Mayor, the Recall City Hall effort is also based on demanding larger-scale reform. Hailing the current slate of elected top-level city officials as the "Spring Street Gang," the group is urging Angelenos to withdraw their support of these politicians by not giving them money or votes. In fact, they want yo to vote for the other guy: "Support anyone who runs against them for office."