Councilmember Victor Gordo Says Recall Effort Against Him Has Failed

Published : Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 9:28 AM

Shaun Szameit, former operator of the Golden State Collective dispensary, left, is a central figure in a recall petition against Pasadena City Councilmember Victor Gordo, right.

Pasadena Councilmember Victor Gordo said Tuesday morning the recall effort against him has failed because proponents did not submit a blank recall petition for the Pasadena City Clerk’s approval by the required 5:30 p.m. Monday deadline.

Pasadena City Clerk Mark Jomsky confirmed last night that proponents of the recall effort did not properly file two copies of a draft of the petition and also did not file a proof of publication that a Notice of Intention to Circulate a Recall Petition (which itself was filed on February 8th to begin the recall process), was published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.

But in spite of Gordo’s assertion the recall has failed, it remains unclear at the moment if or how Monday’s missed deadline will affect the proponents’ efforts regarding the recall petition going forward.

Councilmember Gordo’s statement said the recall had been organized by what he characterized as “an illegal pot dispensary owner who was unhappy that he did not qualify under a new measure that was approved by the majority of voters and allows legal cannabis businesses in Pasadena.”

His reference was to Shaun Szameit, owner of the now-shuttered Golden State Collective marijuana dispensary located at 50 N. Mentor Avenue.

The recall paperwork was originally filed by Bradley Hertz of the San Francisco-based Summit Law firm. Hertz represents Szameit in legal matters.

Szameit emerged as the spokesman for the recall against Gordo.

“’I’m one of many parties who support the recall of Councilman Gordo,” Szameit said last week, “and am proud to be part of an effort to validly use the democratic process to seek his recall, given Gordo’s out-of-touch policies and other flaws as a councilman.”

Separately Councilmember Gordo disclosed that he has asked the City Prosecutor to review emails from Szameit that appeared to ask the Councilman to intervene inappropriately on behalf of Szameit’s Golden State Collective.

Szameit responded to Gordo’s accusations last week in a statement to Pasadena Now.

“Any lies spread by Councilman Gordo are actionable and should not be reprinted without proof,” Szameit said. “He is spreading false claims … to wage an offensive attempt to discredit and attempt to remove himself from the facts surrounding the issues, another reason Councilman Gordo is not fit for office.”

Szameit said he never intended to speak with Gordo about any pending litigation but merely hoped to discuss “how we might move forward towards common sense policies that work for everyone.”

With the recall effort now apparently in the rear-view mirror, Gordo said he was looking forward to the roll-out of legally licensed marijuana businesses in Pasadena.

“I helped lead the effort to legalize responsible cannabis sales in Pasadena and they will start by summer. Until then, I look forward to putting this unfortunate controversy behind us.”



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