Backers of a push to recall Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez missed a Monday deadline to file paperwork with county election officials, meaning they have to restart the process.
But a consultant for supporters said Tuesday letting the deadline slide is part of a strategy to time circulating recall petitions with separate signature-gathering for potential Yuba County voter initiatives.
Consultant Deborah Tharp said supporters intend to again serve Vasquez with recall papers.
"Andy's not off the hook," Tharp said. "We just want to make sure this runs smoothly."
Monday was the deadline for recall supporters to resubmit sample petitions with Yuba County election officials. The petitions had earlier been kicked back to proponents for changes, including eliminating boldface type and making text uniform in size.
"It is extremely rigid," said Hansen. "It is all directed by legislation and code. The idea is to make it so it is a very serious action to recall an individual. The intent is to avoid frivolous filings."
Hansen said missing Monday's deadline means recall supporters would be required to again serve Vasquez with a notice of intent, publish a legal ad and resubmit the required 22 signatures.
"This would be like a brand new filing," she said.
Vasquez was initially served during a Yuba County supervisors meeting and again later by certified mail after it was determined initial paperwork was not valid.
Tharp said Monday's deadline was intentionally missed to allow the circulation of the recall and other petitions at one time instead of asking for signatures several times over a longer period. It would theoretically allow voters to sign multiple petitions during one visit, she said.
"Since there is so much political activism happening at once, we are worried about inconveniencing the voters," Tharp said.
Petitions are already circulating for an initiative that would halt the sale of groundwater outside the county. Proponents have until Nov. 17 to gather signatures of 20 percent of registered voters in the county to force a special election or 10 percent to get it on the June 2016 ballot.
There is also the possibility of an initiative creating an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the county and there are plans to submit a new cultivation ordinance to voters, Tharp said. The latter would supersede an ordinance approved by supervisors in March that bans outdoor growing.
In addition, Tharp acknowledged there has been interest in seeking the recall of other county supervisors, though she said she couldn't discuss such plans.
All the potential petition drives are separate, but they are also connected.
While the recall notice lists a variety of grounds for removing Vasquez, he was first served during a hearing on the new marijuana cultivation ordinance. The notice also mentions his Yuba County Water Agency vote on water transfers and his approval of language in the cultivation ordinance linking it to the ongoing drought.
The water sales initiative is being led by political consultant Rick Fenton, who also spoke during hearings on the marijuana cultivation ordinance and took part in a local pro-marijuana rally.
While recall supporters have 60 days to gather signatures, those seeking initiatives have six months.
Vasquez said "the whole thing is about marijuana.
"The original issue is marijuana," he said. "It (the county ordinance) has stood the test of the Supreme Court. The counties have a right to determine their own future."
As for the recall itself, Vasquez said, "it's the right of the people to determine if they want me there."
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