District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco responded to the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition he was served with Nov. 17. A group calling themselves El Dorado County Total Recall announced its efforts to do a “clean sweep” of all five supervisors via recall earlier this fall.
The primary complaint filed by recall proponents states, “The voters of El Dorado County are a people of fairness, but when money or influence takes precedence over the wishes of the citizens, we the people have a right to remove any or all of the elected officials.”
The group also states it is “seeking relief from the tyranny of elected officials. They have failed to effectively and efficiently operate county government.”
Rural community supporter Sue Taylor served Mikulaco with the notice.
As permitted under state Elections Code regarding recall, the elected official may make a formal response of not more than 200 words within seven days of receiving the notice.
“The effort to recall me is frivolous, meaningless and silly,” Mikulaco responded to the El Dorado County Elections Department late last month. “Proponents have not offered any example of misconduct or tyranny on my part. The claim that the county is not functioning as a result of my actions is absolutely unfounded.”
Asked to elaborate Dec. 10, Mikulaco said, “The wheels of county government are moving quite swimmingly. We passed a structured county budget and all county services are open and dong business.”
Mikulaco said he didn’t want to comment on specific land issues or development projects that have been the crux of rural community stakeholders’ anger.
“We’ll pick those up when the time comes,” Mikulaco said. “As a decision maker I could vote yes or no. People think just because they say you should vote a certain way and you don’t it’s tyranny. There’s a minority of people out there that want to scare people into thinking the board is an evil empire.”
Once the notice of intention has been validated and certified by Elections officials, Elections Code allows proponents 120 days to circulate the countywide petition to acquire signatures from 10,625 resident, registered voters in order to move the petition onto a countywide ballot.
“However, they will need to collect more than that to turn in since some might be rejected,” Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz wrote in an e-mail to Village Life.
The larger petition must include greater detail with more specific charges and/or allegations. The Elections Department must validate and then certify the documents within a time frame of 88 to 125 days before the next election — June 2016.
When discussing the recall petitions served to the five county supervisors in October, Assistant Registrar of Voters Linda Webster told Village Life that her staff would go through the petition “line by line” and check all relevant statements. If corrections are needed, Webster said her office will send it back to the proponents.
Chris Daley contributed to this article.