CHICO, Calif. - A concerned group of Chico residents has announced they are ending a recall effort against Chico Mayor and city councilmember.
The push to recall Chico Mayor Randall Stone and Councilmember Karl Ory has been halted.
Mayor Stone and Councilmember Ory were served with notices of intent to recall in late May.
In a statement, the group states that they are ending the movement due to a lawsuit filed against the city, that demands that districts must be used in city council elections.
They said now the city will most likely adopt district voting, replacement candidates would have to reside in very specific districts within city limits.
This could impact the special election that the group was calling for.
The statement reads, in part: "in light of the additional expense a special election would already have on city expenditures, they feel the best decision at this juncture is to halt the recall and focus instead on identifying and supporting 2020 candidates that support public safety, clean waterways, improved roadways, common-sense housing, and consolidated wrap-around services for the homeless. Continuing on in the signature validation process would end up costing the city time and money for an endeavor that is now fruitless in light of this unexpected lawsuit which has an extremely aggressive deadline for compliance."
Read the full statement below: