Recall Against Councilmember Gordo Stumbles, Misses Key Legal Filing

Copies of recall draft and proof of publication were due in City Clerk’s office Monday

Published : Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 6:40 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.

Proponents of a petition to recall District 5 Councilmember Victor Gordo have missed a key deadline in that process, Pasadena Now has learned.


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According to City Clerk Mark Jomsky, the recall effort failed to properly file two copies of a draft of the petition and also failed to 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.

The copies and proof were due in the City Clerk’s office by 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jomsky said.

According to a guidebook published by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, “Any error or discrepancy in following any of the steps in connection with a particular recall may require that some or all steps taken up to that point be re-initiated.’

Bradley Hertz of the San Francisco-based Summit Law firm is reportedly the attorney of record for the recall petition. He also represents Golden State Collective Owner Shaun Szameit, who has been battling the City over the right to apply for marijuana dispensary licensing.

Hertz also is reportedly the attorney of record for a separate, recently launched initiative to modify the City’s Measure CC marijuana regulation ordinance—specifically, to allow previously unlicensed marijuana shops in Pasadena to legally apply for cannabis licenses to continue their operations.

It remains unclear at the moment if or how Monday’s missed deadline will affect the proponents’ efforts regarding the recall petition going forward.

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