ROSAMOND – There will be no Recall in Rosamond.
A petition to oust four of the five directors on the Rosamond Community Services District board failed to get enough signatures to support the Recall. It needed signatures 1,723 by November 21, or 25% of the registered voters in the district to go forward. The petition only received 1,450 signatures.
Supporters of the Recall felt the RCSD board did not support the interests of the Rosamond rate payers. They complained that water and sewer rates were too high, and there was not enough input from the public on such matters.
The Recall targeted directors Greg Wood, Kathy Spoor, Rick Webb and Byron Glennan. Director Alfred Wallis was not named as he was elected only a year ago and was not part of the rate increase debate. Wood had wondered why he, and Webb were named in the petition as neither were on the board when the rate increases were put in place five years ago. Only Spoor and Glennan were.
One of the leaders of the Recall, Bob Vincelette, said his group won't let this die.
“We'll organize to get these people ousted in the next election,” he said.
Wood had said in the past this should have been the option all along.
“If the Recall had met the qualifications, it would have taken place in March 2014,” he said. “Those new board members would have been in place for about six month until the next election. If you didn't like who was on the board, vote them out then and save the district some money.”
The RCSD district would have beared the cost of the Recall election, some $35,000, which would be taken out of the budget and would eventually effect rate payers.
Vincelette, who ran unsuccessfully for the local school board in 2012, felt the odds of pushing through the petition were good when it began in August 2013. He said they didn't get the numbers needed because the State of California has made it more difficult to have recalls. Organizers also found a number of unregistered voters, duplicate registrations and vacant homes, which hindered efforts.
Vincelette also said the time of the RCSD meetings, 6 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, did not allow those who worked to get to the meetings. Most meetings usually only have a handful of interested parties.
Wood said meetings had started at 7 pm a few years ago and the participation was about the same. It might be noted that California City Council meetings also begins at 6 pm and are always highly attended.
Meetings for the Southern Kern Unified School District in Rosamond also begin 7 pm. It's meetings only have a big turnout when there is a student showcase, after which, most leave, missing the main business section.
Webb said there is a lot of misinformation and rumors floating around, which helped push for the Recall.
“If you want the correct information, call one of us, or come to a meeting and ask questions,” he said. “We're happy to address your concerns. If we can't do it at the meeting, we'll send it to the general manager to investigate.
“I live here too, so whatever we decided effects me,” he said.