A dirty little word (and bumper sticker!) has been making the rounds lately: Recall, that legal means of ousting an elected official, has become a buzzword around town.
Most of the palace intrigue has centered on Mayor Bob Filner, with lesser focus on City Council President Todd Gloria and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith (Disclosure: I spent several months working for Filner’s mayoral campaign during the 2012 primary). The extent of any real public “discussion,” however, has largely been friendly dinner conversations, social gossip and a questionable phone poll. Oh, and the churlish bumper sticker.
What has missing from all the breezy talk of voter-approved usurpation is a solid explication of what exactly the recall process entails, and what it means for San Diego. With the help from the city clerk’s website and Chapter 2, Article 7, Division 27 of the Municipal Code, we’ve outlined the messy, drawn-out process below.