Removal of 3 Shasta County supervisors moves forward

An effort to pull three county supervisors from leadership is moving forward in Shasta County.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 5:45 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2021 10:16 PM

REDDING, Calif. - An effort to pull three county supervisors from leadership is moving forward in Shasta County.

The Shasta County Office of Election said recall proponents already published and filed their Notice of Intent with a newspaper.

The next step is filing the petition. The Office of Elections will then look over the petition for approval before it gets circulated.

There is no limit as to how many times recall proponents and election officials can go back and forth during the approval process.

“What will happen is that they will submit their copy of the petition that's blank and for us to approve the format within my office,” said Cathy Darling Allen, who serves as the Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters. “This is the only place within the election office where the petition itself has to be approved prior to being circulated.”

Once a petition is finally approved, petitioners would have 120 days to collect signatures.

Petitioners need 20% of registered voters in each of the three districts. District 1 needs 4391 signatures, District 2 needs 4308 signatures and District 3 needs 4432 signatures.

Last week, Supervisors Joe Chimenti, Leonard Moty, and Mary Rickert each responded to the notice of intent filed on April 6. Supervisors Chimenti and Rickert filed a response on April 12. Supervisor Moty filed his response on April 13.

Even as recall efforts are underway, some people are preparing to show support for the three Shasta Supervisors at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Nathan Blaze believes that the supervisors are handling the pandemic the best they can. Blaze said he’s tired of seeing the supervisors get bullied and berated.

That’s why he plans to attend Tuesday’s meeting to show support for the three supervisors at the target of the recall.

“The battlefield is fought not on a physical battlefield, but a mental battlefield,” said Blaze. “Then people like me can win because we don’t need to have guns and gear to win this battle.”

Blaze said he normally gives public comments over the phone and this will be his first time doing public comments in person.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 6, organizers of the recall movement said the reasons behind the recall is because they want a change in leadership, they claim a betrayal of public trust, and they cannot afford to wait for the next election.

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