A judge who got caught up in a prostitution sting and still refuses to say what actually happened. Two evangelical Christian school board members, a young San Diego councilwoman and more obscure backcountry elected officials than you can shake a ballot box at.
What do they have in common? Pink slips, courtesy of voters, before their terms were up. Also known as recalls.
But in the big scheme of things, their numbers are rare: According to the county registrar of voters, only 30 local elected officials have been recalled since 1979. Another 16 officials — including city council, school board and water board members, among others — were retained in recall elections.
The newest to join the exclusive I-Survived-a-Recall club is Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, who made it unscathed through a recall election yesterday. Voters supported him by a margin of 63 to 37 percent.
The city of Oceanside gets to pay for the special election, which the Union-Tribune says will cost $500,000.
This kerfuffle-by-the-sea made us wonder: Do local recalls ever actually succeed? And how common are they, anyway?