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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:07 am

In the last week or so, Mayor Sandi Bloem referred to the attempt earlier this year to recall herself and three members of the City Council as a victory: once at the retirement event for Susan Weathers (retiring City Clerk) and again at her State of the City presentation at The Resort.

What was not mentioned was the fact that there were more certified signatures in support of recall than were cast to put them into office in 2009. So, the victory was but a postponement while they continue to spend taxpayer dollars without regard for public opinion. Meanwhile, the election of November 2013 is approaching and the case for change is even more compelling.

Further, the mayor praised Susan Weathers for her role in “overcoming” the attempted recall effort. I had considerable dealings with Susan during the Recall Campaign. I was reminded by her that as City Clerk, her job was to attend to the needs of the community, honestly and even-handed. I believed that and now find it disillusioning to learn that the mayor seems to acknowledge that Susan played a significant role in protecting the city’s elected officials from legal and legitimate action by the community. I am learning: things are not always as they may appear on the surface.

FRANK ORZELL

Recall CDA

Coeur d’Alene

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5 comments:

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:38 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Actually, the recall failed because of favors called in by stakeholders to the inept SOS.

     
  • JClark posted at 8:01 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    JClark Posts: 91

    I have been reminded that the Recall would have INDEED HAPPENED IF each and every participant would have filled out a new Voter Registration card. The Recall FAILED ON A TECHNICALITY . But, that said...I consider the Recall a success and this is my personal reasoning. There are many eyes are on our current city government . We, the people, are watching. Merry Christmas...let's all get along.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:14 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Thank you Frank for your efforts in wanting an open honest local government. Please pay no attention to the stakeholders that do not have the ability to make their own way without shafting taxpayers for their personal gain.

     
  • IMI-UBU posted at 2:58 pm on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    IMI-UBU Posts: 98

    Frank,
    YOU LOST!!!!
    You did everything you could to create c r a p in our city and now your at it again.
    Try to just keep quiet for a while and let the people of our city relax from all the negative junk you have done with the help on the WORST political person in the state.( Even other Republicans don't like or respect her)
    Keep trying to divide our city for your own selfish reasons just stinks.
    I only hope that mean nasty old white men like you start to work towards something that will bring our community together. Give that a try for a change.

     
  • smarie posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

    smarie Posts: 31

    Frank, the recall had over 60 days to compile signatures; voters only get one day to vote. To compare the two is like apples to oranges. Recall CdA was everywhere in our town; nursing homes, parking lots, door to door, you name it, they were there. You didn't get enough signatures, the recall failed, more people "declined to sign"; end of story, time to move on.

    As to your comment about Mayor Bloem's comments at the State of the City, you are incorrect. The Mayor did not mention the recall, the press thought she should have and that is what was written in the article.

     
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