Ignoring threats of potential legal action, the Shasta Lake City Council on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, voted 4-1 to call for a special election to allow voters the opportunity to decide whether Councilwoman Dolores Lucero should be recalled from office.
The vote came after an unidentified woman read a letter from an out-of-area attorney who said he represented a group called Shasta County Citizens for Justice. In the letter, which was addressed to the city council, attorney Andrew L. Jared stated that the proponents of the recall, along with Shasta Lake’s city clerk, violated procedures of the recall process and urged the council against calling for the special election or face possible legal action. But City Attorney John Kenny said that the only thing the attorney really stated in the letter was that the information he sought was not included in Tuesday’s agenda packet. City Clerk Toni Coates also noted that, by law, the special election would have to move forward whether the council called for a special election or not.
Still, Lucero threatened that a lawsuit to stop the recall election would be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.
It appears the special election will be held on April 10 at which time voters in Shasta Lake not only will decide whether to recall Councilwoman Lucero, but also who should replace her if she is recalled. Potential candidates will be on the same ballot. Lucero’s term ends in December of 2014.
See the video to view agenda items 6.1 and 6.2 from the January 3, 2012 City Council meeting.