City Clerk Determines Recall Petitions to be Incomplete

City Clerk Determines Recall Petitions to be Incomplete


Proponents of an effort to have Vice Mayor Malia Vella recalled and removed from her position had their Notice of Intention to Circulate a Recall Petition rejected by City Clerk Lara Weisiger on June 27.

In a letter to Stephen Slauson, who led the group of Alamedans petitioning for the recall measure, Acting City Clerk Irma Glidden wrote the notice “fails to comply with subsection (c) of Section 11020 of the State Elections Code in that it does not set forth the full residence address of the proponents, including their street addresses, city and zip code.”

According to the California Election Code section 11020, the notice of intention shall contain the name and title of the officer sought to be recalled, a statement of the reasons for the proposed recall and “the printed name, signature, and residence address, including street and number, city and ZIP Code, of each of the proponents of the recall.”

Slauson led the proponents seeking to recall Vella. Thirty-three people signed the notice, but just four included their zip code in their address. One person did not even include an address at all. For the petition to be approved Weisiger had to validate at least 20 of the signees. 

In accordance with state law, the group served Vella with the notice of intention at the Tuesday, June 19, City Council meeting (“Vice Mayor, Councilmember Served with Recall Papers,” June 28). The group also published the notice in the June 21 edition of the Alameda Sun. The notice said Vella’s “improper handling of the City Manager Jill Keimach matter” was the reason behind the proposed recall.

Vella quickly responded to the recall proponents on Twitter. “There is a lot of misinformation around this recall and I look forward to continued engagement with Alameda residents about my service to them,” Vella wrote in a statement.

The recall proponents gave their notice of intention to Weisiger for review on Wednesday, June 20. If Weisiger approved the notice, the proponents would have had 120 days to gather 9,421 valid signatures — 20 percent of Alameda’s 47,105 registered voters — for the recall measure to be placed on the November ballot.

It has not been determined if the proponents will start another petition.