This is it, dear Readers, it’s finally time to stop the begging and pleading with our City Council. It’s time for action. It’s time for a Recall.
The Idaho State Constitution puts the power of government directly in the hands of the people. Article 2, section 1 says this: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same whenever they may deem it necessary.”
Over and over again the people of CdA have asked the City Council for a vote. Large groups of citizens have attended meeting after meeting pleading for a voice in the major decisions and massive spending projects undertaken by our city. Respectful, intelligent, informed citizens have spoken out to implore the Council to listen the will of the people. But time and time again our Mayor and the same half the City Council have chosen to ignore the public’s requests.
We, the people of CdA, now deem it necessary to reform our local government for our protection and benefit.
The Mayor and half the council say, “you voted for us”. Well this recall, according to Idaho Law, will put them back on the ballot one year earlier than their regular cycle and let the people decide. We will finally get our vote!
A recall of Mayor Sandi Bloem and Council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers will be filed with the CdA City Clerk tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4th, at 10:00am.
This recall is not personal; it is a serious undertaking by determined community members who want responsive, accountable government. We’ve been working for more than two months to prepare and organize this recall. And now we’re ready, but we want your help!
Please join us as we gather in front of City Hall tomorrow at 9:30am for a Recall Rally before the recall filing paperwork is delivered inside. Bring a homemade sign that says “Recall”, or whatever you want (be respectful please). There will be some printed signs available also. TV cameras and newspaper reporters will be present. Some folks think this news may go national, so let’s represent the people of CdA well.
Many of you have emailed me with frustration during the last few years, asking when we can really DO something about the way some of our city officials treat the public. Well now we can. It’s our time. Let’s get our friends, family and coworkers to join with us and take back control of our city. We can do this! We can change the course of CdA.
Back in1876, President James Garfield said that people are responsible for the government they get: “If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them...”
See you outside City Hall tomorrow morning! --Mary
PS: Here’s the official Press Release going out to all area media outlets today, in advance of tomorrow’s Recall Rally and document filing:
Contact: Frank Orzell FOR RELEASE APRIL 4, 2012
296 W Sunset Ave / Suite 21 / CdA
CAMPAIGN TO RECALL COEUR D’ALENE MAYOR, THREE COUNCILMEN
Recall Group Says Mayor, Councilmembers are failing to represent the will of the public.
April 4, 2012 -- At 10:00 this morning, a citizen’s group identified as RecallCdA gathered at the Coeur d’Alene City Hall to file prospective recall petitions with the City Clerk. The group says Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and Council-members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander, and Woody McEvers have failed to represent the voice of the community in their excessive spending of taxpayer monies. Included in the list of examples being cited by voters across the city are the approval of a $39 million plan for McEuen Park, excessive salaries of city employees and a growing list of other projects, many made possible by the flow of property tax money being diverted into LCDC coffers, with little regard for public opinion.
Further, the Group added, “Our intention is to provide the mechanism whereby the voters of Coeur d’Alene can have the public vote previously denied them, using the ballot box in November to show their support for or against each of the four officers.”
The City Clerk is to approve or reject the prospective petitions immediately for form only. There is a separate petition for each official to be recalled. Once these petitions have been approved for form, additional blank forms will be printed, and signature collection will proceed.
Only lawfully registered voters who are Coeur d’Alene residents can sign the recall petitions. Their signatures must be substantially the same as the signature appearing on their voter registration card on file with the Kootenai County Clerk’s Elections Office.
At the end of the signature collection period, the original petitions will be delivered to the City Clerk who must, in turn, submit them unaltered to the Kootenai County Clerk. The County Clerk will determine which petitions meet the recall requirements of Idaho election law. The name of each officer for whom a compliant petition has been filed will then be placed on the November 2012 general election ballots and the voters of Coeur d’Alene will have their public vote.
The authority for recalling elected officers - except judges - derives from the Idaho Constitution, Article I, Section 2 and Article VI, Section 6. It is codified in Idaho Code Titles 34 and 50.
For more information about this recall effort or to schedule an interview with a representative of Recall CdA, please call (208) 704-1596 or e-mail at info@RecallCdA.com.