Jan. 31, 2012 — OK. All right. Enough of this recall business already.
Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson has come under fire again from a small but vocal group of his constituents.
To hear them say it, it’s probably a good thing we don’t tar and feather our political varmints up here in Lassen County because Hanson would sure be a prime candidate for that unfriendly treatment.
Rumors about an effort to recall Hanson began shortly after District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick took his seat on the Lassen County Board of Supervisors a little more than a year ago, but the actual effort to recall Hanson began with Wosick and his wife Lisé after the board voted to can former County Administrative Officer Tom Stone.
At that time Wosick also threatened to recall or remove District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle and District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman from office.
A few weeks later some county residents, including Wosick, concocted an unfounded conspiracy theory that the county clerk, a committee of elected officials and the board of supervisors wanted to change the district 5 boundaries in order to save Hanson from recall.
Corruption and cronyism they cried. Much loud ado about nothing.
The first recall effort finally died a whimpering death recently when the proponents decided not to turn in their signed petitions to the Lassen County Clerk by the deadline required by state law.
They said they didn’t turn in their petitions because they’d decided a recall wouldn’t be in the best interest of district 5 residents at this time.
The disgruntled proponents also alleged the county clerk had bungled their campaign by giving them incorrect and bad information, and they have complained to the California Secretary of State.
With a second recall under way, one has to wonder how a recall that was so bad for district 5 residents a month or so ago has now became such a great idea all of a sudden.
There’s another way for this group to achieve its larger goal and save the county the cost of a recall election.
If Wosick and his followers can convince enough county voters the board of supervisors needs to be reconstituted with representatives who share their perspective, the more prudent choice would be to bring those changes about during the upcoming elections in June, just five months from now.
Consider this:District 4 Supervisor Brian Dahle has decided to run for the California Assembly, so his seat will be without an incumbent.
And the District 1 seat held by Bob Pyle, as well as the District 2 seat held by Jim Chapman, are both up for grabs this election cycle. Three of five seats are in play.
In one fell swoop Wosick et al could gain control of four seats on the board, bring their vision of limitless prosperity to the county and leave poor powerless Jack as the odd good old boy out, snorting those itchy feathers and waiting for the tar to cool before he gets booted out of office in the 2014 election.
Mission accomplished at no extra cost to the taxpayer.
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