Chico city clerk provides information on potential recall process

Chico City Clerk Deborah Presson provided information on what a potential recall process would like after papers were served to city's mayor and a councilmember Tuesday.

Posted: May 21, 2019 5:43 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 8:40 AM

UPDATE: 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - City Clerk Deborah Presson confirmed how the recall process will look. 

She said the group leading the charge, RecallStoneOry, needs to file an official notice to her office. 

Mayor Stone and Councilman Ory then have seven days to respond. 

Presson then has to approve the petition that RecallStoneOry is going to be getting signatures on. After that is approved, the group will be able to start getting their signatures. 

The group needs about 7,500 signatures per petition. 

After the petitions are in, the city has 30 days to review them. 

Once the signatures are approved, Presson takes the petitions to the city council where the members will then have to call for a special election. 

Presson said last time there was a special election it cost the city about $150,000. 

Some people do not think it is necessary to spend that kind of money on an election, others think it is time to get Stone and Ory out of office. 

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UPDATE: 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - Nichole Nava is the one leading the group of people that have been working on the recall. She says there are a number of reasons they have decided to go forward with it. 

"We feel like these two, in particular, have been the most egregious of all the majority council in dismissing the will of the people here," Nava said.

The most recent incident that the group members spoke about was helping Camp Fire victims. 

Jamie Jin, who is also in support of the recall said she does not believe the mayor and council member have been welcoming to the people of Paradise. 

"We really want to open our arms and our city to our neighbors in Paradise, and unfortunately we don't feel that Randall Stone or Karl Ory have been so welcoming," she said. 

Another issue the women talked about is safety in Chico.

"Over the last couple months they have lacked to put public safety on the agenda," Jin said. 

They think safety should be the number one priority. 

"Safety should be our number one priority and we have been saying it for a long time," Nava said. "There is a ton of crime happening here."

Councilman Karl Ory said a special election would be costly to the city.

"I am sorry they are choosing this path and if they end up costing the city $150,000 in a special election shame on them," Ory said. 

Ory added that he thinks everyone is concerned about the safety and said he is really doing the best he can. 

"We have weekly updates and concerns, we have a great Chief of Police, we are adding six police officers at a cost of probably the order of $700,000," he said. 

Action News Now tried to talk to Mayor Randall Stone about the recall attempt and he said he does not have anything to say.

The next steps include Stone and Ory having the chance to respond, then the group of people need to get about 7,500 signatures. If that happens, there will be a special election.

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UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - After serving the Mayor and the Councilman with the recall papers, members of the group told Action News Now they are upset because they do not believe their concerns about crime and safety are being addressed.

"We're trying to take a stand in this community that we're not going to put up with this anymore," said Nichole Nava, who served Mayor Stone with the papers.

When served the recall papers, Councilman Ory said the cost of recalling him and a special election is the equivalent of hiring a police officer.

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CHICO, Calif. - A local group has handed a recall notice to Mayor Randall Stone and Council Member Karl Ory ahead of Tuesday night's city council meeting. 

Action News Now is at the scene working to gather more information. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

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