COEUR d’ALENE — A recording of an apparent recall petitioner soliciting signatures reveals that the petitioner used wrong information while attempting to get at least one person to sign.
The recording turned over to The Press Tuesday took place on Tubbs Hill around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the person who provided the tape.
The person who recorded the conversation via cell phone did not want his name in the story, but the recording tracks several minutes of apparent conversation between him and another male apparently trying to gather signatures on a recall petition seeking a recall election against four Coeur d’Alene officials.
The Press cannot authenticate the recording. Frank Orzell, RecallCdA organizer, said Tuesday and Wednesday he did not have time to come to The Press office to listen to the recording and comment on it. The Press does not plan a story for the print edition since neither camp is willing to speak on the record.
The petitioner in the recording says the McEuen Field project will cost $40 million and raise property taxes by 18 percent, and that the plan calls for re-doing all the trails on Tubbs Hill, both of which are untrue.
The redone trails on Tubbs Hill, the petitioner stated, will make the hiking destination more “commercialized.”
He also said that if the recall is successful, voters will be able to choose the officials’ replacements in a November election — another inaccurate statement. If all four are recalled, the remaining council would appoint all but one of the replacements.
The Press knows the identity of the individual who recorded the conversation, and we know the first name of the petitioner. Recall CdA organizer Frank Orzell did not deny or confirm that they have a petitioner by that name, when asked about it.