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Effort to recall Redding city council members fails to submit signatures

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REDDING, Calif. - The recall efforts that targeted two Redding City Council members didn't submit signatures to the city clerk by the deadline, Tuesday.

According to the Redding City Clerk Pam Mize, a member of the recall effort contacted her office to say that they would not be submitting signatures. This effectively ends the recall effort.

On Facebook, a leader of the recall effort, Dale Ball, posted the following:

After months of effort, petition signings throughout the city, and hundreds of volunteer hours unfortunately the effort to recall two Redding City Council members did not reach the required number of signatures to initiate a recall special election.

We wish to thank the business owners, laborers, homemakers, retirees and young people who gave of their time and treasure in the effort to make Redding a safer community and move us toward financial sustainability. There efforts were not in vain.

Recall efforts are truest example of grass roots politics where every citizen, regardless of their station in life or political connections, can work toward replacing elected leaders they feel do not serve the community's best interests. Presently our city is on the path to financial insolvency due to a long history of generous pensions city salaries, and misguided land purchases such as the Stillwater Business Park. The recall of councilwomen Francie Sullivan and Kristen Schreder was triggered in part by their votes to approve over $18,000/year in pay raises for two city department heads just one week after the public safety sales tax (Measure D) failed last November. Grassroots political movements find themselves challenged with a lack of financial backing and the needed volunteers to obtain the nearly 10,000 required signatures. Money is the mother's milk of politics as shown by the political contributions made in last year's city council race where candidates received $25-50,000 to help them get out the vote. Most recalls rely heavily on the ability to hire paid petition signers to go into neighborhoods. Unfortunately our lack of funding did not make that possible. Despite the fact that there will be no special election the recall effort was not in vain. Casual observers ranging from city employees to citizens on the street noted the significant improvements made in public safety, citizen engagement, and transparency in the months following the recall announcement. We would encourage both supporters and opponents of the recall to invest in finding practical solutions to reign in runaway spending and create a sustainable future for the city we share. Ask your city council members to put the public's welfare first as they enter closed-door negotiations with labor unions, consider future city staff salaries, and seek to make Redding a business-friendly city once again. No effort is in vain that improves our city. Let's continue to work together in building a strong future and electing public-servants who will advance that goal

Two City Council members, Kristen Schreder and Francie Sullivan, were the subjects of the recall effort. The recall group said they were targeted because Schreder and Sullivan approved raises for certain city employees at the expense of public safety.

More than 9,800 valid signatures were required for each council member to qualify for a special recall election.

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