Attempt to recall 3 on council fizzles

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A local political group has failed to round up sufficient signatures to recall three Pico Rivera City Council members, but the head of the group said Monday it will refocus and try again. This time, however, members of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP for short, will push to recall Councilman Ron Beilke, who they claim has abused his power, said Raul Murga, C-TIP’s executive director. “He is the primary source of the problem within our city,” Murga said. “We raised the political concern in the community and it brought to light the abuse of power which Ron Beilke continues to display.” One of the two other council members targeted, Pete Ramirez, was ousted from office by voters in council elections earlier this month. The other, Councilman David Armenta, won’t be included this time because he “saw the error of his ways,” said Murga. Beilke said he was skeptical of C-TIP’s recall campaign all along. He said a second attempt to recall him would mirror the first. “This recall is simply a nuisance and people don’t want that anymore,” Beilke said. “It’s time to move forward and put the fighting behind us.” But Murga said his group will push ahead. “We’re pulling out all the stops,” he said. “Whatever we have to do to accomplish it this time, it will be done.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 His group needed to collect and submit more than 15,000 signatures from registered voters by Friday. Murga declined to say how far short of the required number the group fell. But he blamed the campaign’s failure on bad weather and the fact that many voters were out of town during the recent holidays. “There were a number of factors … where we could not actually go out and obtain signatures,” he said. Armenta said he was not surprised the effort to recall him failed. “It didn’t appear that the recall group was well organized. Their reason for a recall was a valid reason. It’s just the lack of organization and lack of people committed to the recall that made it fail,” he said. last_img read more