The committee seeking to recall Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante, having had two previous petitions rejected on what amounts to a clerical and formatting issue, was expecting to begin collecting signatures today. Tustin City Clerk Patty Estrella instead informed the committee their petition was rejected. When the commitee asked why, the clerk notified them she’d respond in writing which we’re told could take up to 10 days.
One has to ask, is the fix in? Cause it suuuuurrree looks like it.
Is the city clerk serving the citizens of Tustin or serving the political ambitions of a Mayor who seeks to delay the embarassment of being the subject of a recall.
The rejection of the petition means the committee might not be able to gather signatures during the annual Tustin Chili Cookoff. And watch for the clerk to find new reasons to reject petitions to prevent the group from collecting signatures through the July 4th fireworks at Tustin High School.
If Jerry Amante is this popular in Tustin, what is he so afraid of?
For those Tustin residents who spoke out against Amante’s emergecy grading and excavation ordinance, the easiest path to halting the postponed trial is to recall this Mayor, elect someone who places the needs of Tustin residents ahead of their own political ambitions and serves as a swing vote.
We have a call into the city clerk; we’re seeking a simple answer and since we’re not asking for a public record, an answer shouldn’t take 10 days. We do know the last version of the petition was reviewed meticously by the committee to ensure it adhered to the guidance set forth by the city clerk for the last rejection. It’s frankly time to bring in lawyers and the secretary of state’s office to investigate what’s going on here.