Tustin City Clerk Rejects Amante Petition a Third Time: Won’t Say Why

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.

  4 comments for “Tustin City Clerk Rejects Amante Petition a Third Time: Won’t Say Why

  1. junior
    May 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Dan,

    Perhaps your petition was rejected because you misspelled Tustin as “Tustion” – see your headline.

  2. kepdapeace
    May 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    What political ambitions could that be? Boss Tweed Amante was soundly trounced in his bid for the Assembly. He isn’t even well liked by the OC Repubicans because of his ascerbic demeanor towards the public as a whole. What could he possibly run for? Dogcatcher? No, they’ll be outsourcing that job…

  3. May 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I fixed it Junior; busy fingers !!! Jerry is a registered lobbyist. When he’s gone, he’ll make it so if you want to do business with the city of Tustin, you need to hire him. It’s that simple

  4. Angry Tustin Resident
    May 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Are we surprised at this? You can be assurred that Amante was behind this. One could predict this since the anti-Amante group has a booth at Tustin
    Chili Cook Off. I think you are correct in that they will try and delay this until after the 4th of July celebration. Amante is afraid of Tustin voters who are tired of his acerbic tone to constituents.

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