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City Clerk Announces Recall Results

Here is the complete YouTube video from Jeff @ Bunkhouse Media of City Clerk Susan Weathers announcing the results from the petition verification process Tuesday afternoon:

Gookin: Let’s Move On, No Lawsuits

Early in the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Councilman Dan Gookin said that he didn't want to see the Recallers sue as a result of the failed attempt to trigger a recall election for Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members. “This is over, done,” Gookin said. “I've talked to the recall people … we need to move on.” Then, he said that the city is going forward with the upgrade to McEuen Field, adding that his job is to ensure the process is open and transparent and to make sure that the city saves every nickel possible. Later, he added that the job performed by City Clerk Susan Weathers during the trying 75 days (remember the first day wasn't counted because the Recallers had to refile the petition to trigger the petition drive) was “outstanding,” calling Weathers “phenomenal and fair.”

Question: I'm beginning to think that we may be allowed to move on without a lawsuit. How about you?

Final Signature Count Changes Slightly

The petitions with the certified signatures have been scanned and can be accessed through the following link:  ftp://ftp.cdaid.org/RecallPetition/Recall_Petitions-Verified.zip, according to City Clerk Susan Weathers. Through the scanning process it was discovered that 3 petitions for Mayor Bloem and Councilman Goodlander were incorrectly placed in the certified boxes as received from the County. … The end result is that Mayor Bloem’s final count is 6 signatures less than original reported for a corrected total of 4,120 signatures and Councilman Goodlander’s final count is 6 signatures more than originally reported for a corrected total of 4,079. These corrected totals do not affect the final disposition of the petitions.

Question: Are you satisfied that the offices of City Clerk Susan Weathers and County Clerk Cliff Hayes did the best job possible in handling and/or verifying the Recaller petitions?

City Clerk: Recall Drive Has Failed

Just returned from City Hall, where City Clerk Susan Weathers declared all the petition drive to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members “null & void ab initio.” In other words, the recall effort has failed. Recaller Frank Orzell was in the audience when Weathers read the total number of valid signatures for each of the 4 drives, with 4,311 signatures needed to trigger a recall. Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander was the first petition to be declared null and void. Goodlander had 4,073 valid signatures. Next was Councilman Mike Kennedy with 4,077 valid signatures. Then, Councilman Woody McEvers with 4,060 valid signatures. Finally, Weathers declared the petitions for Mayor Sandi Bloem null & void with 4,126 valid signatures. Weathers concluded: “As city clerk for the city of Coeur d'Alene, I now declare this Coeur d'Alene recall process to be closed.” Some 25 individuals who fought the recall cheered the announcement. Orzell was the only Recaller that I saw in the old City Council chamber. Afterward, Sara Meyer of the Decline to Sign group said to Orzell: “I hope you want to come together as a community and move forward in a positive way,” adding, “No lawsuits.”

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Extra! Recall Announcement Today

City Clerk Susan Weathers, pictured, informed HucksOnline moments ago that she will announce the outcome of the Recall attempt against Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members (Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers & Mike Kennedy) at 4:30 p.m. today. Weathers said she will receive the petitions from County Clerk Cliff Hayes at 2 p.m. She'll then count the petitions and decide whether the recall effort has been perfected (succeeded) or has failed (in void ab initio = “to be treated as invalid from the outset”). Weathers told HBO that there is no reason to wait until the official 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to release the numbers since the counting is all but finished. Entering today, County Clerk Cliff Hayes Election Staff and hired extra help had checked 98% of the approximate 5300 signatures collected by organizers Mary Souza, Frank Orzell, Kathy Sims and supporters. Twenty-four percent have been disqualified, leaving the recall effort short by several hundred for all four targeted officials. There were approximately 110 signatures left to be counted today. At the current disqualification rate of 24 percent, the final total of valid signatures would be as follows for all four targeted officials:

  • Mayor Sandi Bloem (with 5384 signatures against her): 4092
  • Councilman Mike Kennedy (with 5327 signatures against him): 4049
  • Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (with 5314 against her): 4039
  • Councilman Woody McEvers (with 5267 signatures against him): 4003

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If The Recall Fails …

If the recall attempt fails (according to City Clerk Susan Weathers):

  • I.C. 34-1707(5) states: “In the event that a petition is found not to have the required number of signatures, the officer shall continue in office and no new recall petition may be circulated for a period of ninety (90) days against the same officer.”
  • 34-1713 (2) states: “After one (1) special recall election, no further recall petition shall be filed against the same officer during his current term of office, unless the petitioners first pay into the public treasury which has paid such special recall election expenses the whole amount of the expenses for the preceding recall election.  The specific reason for recall in one (1) recall petition cannot be the basis for a second recall petition during that current term of office.”

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City Clerk Spells Out Petition Handling

Coeur d’AleneCity Clerk Susan Weathers spells out the steps she will take in handling the recall petitions beginning tomorrow (Friday):

“First, this process is not required by law but rather a process as a result of the request made by the Recall people and the fact that I have endeavored to, not only with this process but throughout this entire recall process, to be as open and transparent as I can humanly be.

  • On Friday, June 8, at 9:00 a.m.  All parties involved have been invited to “inspect” the copier/scanner that will be used to scan the petitions.  (This is a result of a request from the Recall group).
  • On Monday, June 11th, at 9:00 a.m. Frank Orzell has informed me that he will deliver the petitions to me. Before I will allow him to file them, I will confirm that the individuals who had requested their names be removed have had the opportunity to do so. If not, I will escort Mr. Orzell to the Warner room with his petitions until anyone who had requested but may have not had the opportunity to do so, to come to City Hall and remove their names prior to allowing Mr. Orzell to file the petitions. I will then allow Mr. Orzell to file the petitions with me.

More here

Question: Which office is being more transparent in preparing to verify Coeur d'Alene recall petitions — Coeur d'Alene clerk's office or Kootenai County clerk's office?

City Clerk Announces Resignation

Long-time Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers has announced that she will retire next Jan. 3. Weathers will tender her resignation tonight to the Coeur d'Alene City Council. Renata McLeod is expected to fill the vacancy created by Weathers' retirement. In an email to HucksOnline, Weathers wrote: “This plan is to provide Renata the time to work with me to learn the responsibilities of being both the Municipal Services Director and City Clerk. The City has known of my plans to retire since 2010.” Weathers referred to her decision to resign as one of life's “bittersweet moments.” Susan's letter of resignation here.

DFO: Look up public servant in the dictionary, and you'll find a picture of Susan Weathers.

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Petition Signers Having 2nd Thoughts

I.C. 34-1713(3) The signer of any recall petition may remove his own name from the petition by crossing out, obliterating, or otherwise defacing his own signature at any time prior to the time when the petition is filed.

Responding to an email, City Clerk Susan Weathers tells Huckleberries Online that nine to 12 residents who'd signed the RecallCDA petitions contacted her office Wednesday to ask how to take their names off the petitions. She emails: “As the I.C. indicates, you must remove your own name, no one else can do it for you.   The preferred process would be to send an email request to both me at susanw@cdaid.org and to Frank Orzell at frorzell@adelphia.net requesting your name be taken off.  Mr. Orzell indicated that he would then search the petitions (a group of names at a time), then contact the individuals to let them know when the petitions would be available for them to go to the Recall CDA Office to remove their names. In order to avoid confusion, Mr. Orzell requested that anyone wishing to remove their names from the petition contact him directly and I am requesting that citizens copy me on their requests so I can confirm they had the opportunity to remove their names.  If anyone prefers to call us directly - my phone number of 769-2231 and Mr. Orzell's phone number is 819-2912.”

Question: Do you know anyone who is having second thoughts about signing the petitions?

Hayes Pulls Recall Suit Against City

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes has withdrawn his lawsuit against the city of Coeur d'Alene, seeking to clarify the deadline date for the attempted recall of Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members, Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy. Acting on behalf of Hayes, Prosecutor Barry McHugh wrote to Coeur d'Alene counsel Michael L. Haman that Hayes was swayed by an opinion issued by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa on May 1. Ysursa said that a city recall attempt, including verification of signatures by the clerk's office, must be complete within 75 days (June 19, in this case). According to McHugh's letter, Hayes plans to turn over all verified signatures by the June 19 deadline but will continue to count additional signatures beyond that deadline to complete his duty (in case the law is interpreted differently than Ysursa suggests). You can read McHugh's letter & supporting documents here.

Question: Does this mean the community's conspiracy theorists will say that Hayes has gone over to the other side?

Gookin Now Against Public Art, Too

“Kate,” a statue by David Clemons, is one of the pieces of public art that adorn Lake City. It depicts a turn of the century lady cyclist accompanied by two dogs. You can see it at Riverstone Park. You can also view the many pieces of Coeur d'Alene public art here. (Photo courtesy of city of Coeur d'Alene Web site)

From the City Clerk Susan Weathers' notes from last night's Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting: “Councilman Gookin believes that the Consent Calendar contains too many items to be considered routine.  He also believes that if he requests an item be removed from the Consent Calendar then it does not need to be done by a motion of the full Council but should be automatically taken off the calendar.  He also noted that he opposes spending the dedicated Art Fund during the recession and if spent it should be spent on public property and not NIC’s property.   Councilman Goodlander asked Steve Anthony, Arts Commission liaison, to explain the Art Fund.  Steve Anthony reported that the Arts Commission looked at all areas in town and selected these sites in the public roundabouts.  He noted that the majority of those funds come from the Lake City Development Corporation and funds also come from public works construction contracts which are a dedicated fund that can only be used for the purchase and maintenance of public art.”

Question: Do you support Coeur d'Alene's public art?

Ysursa: Absolute Recall Deadline 6/19

Item: Cd'A gets state's vote: Officials expected to meet about recall lawsuit today/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Secretary of State's office said Tuesday the 75-day timeline for recall petitioners to gather signatures includes the time it takes the Kootenai County Clerk to certify them. The letter sent by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said that interpretation is the official position of the state's chief election officer and intended to help clarify a dispute between Kootenai County and the city of Coeur d'Alene in regard to how long signature collectors have to collect signatures in their attempt to oust four city officials.

Question: Does this remain unclear to anyone but County Clerk Cliff Hayes & County Prosecutor Barry McHugh & the Recall leaders?

Ysursa: City Right RE: Recall Deadline

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, pictured, has written a letter to Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers & Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes, confirming that Weathers is right regarding the June 19 deadline to collect & certify recall petitions. The 75-day deadline includes the time the county clerk will spend verifying the signatures, said Ysursa in a letter sent today that confirms an April 18 letter sent by Ysursa's Chief Deputy Tim Hurst. Idaho code requires that  “the recall petition must be perfected with the required number of certified signatures within 75 days following the date of approval as to form,” Ysursa wrote in his two-page letter. You can read it here.

Question: Don't you think it's time for Hayes and Prosecutor Barry McHugh to drop their lawsuit against the city to clarify the recall deadline?

State: CdA Right Re: Recall Deadline

Petitioners gathering signatures to springboard a recall election on four Coeur d'Alene incumbents will have less than 75 days to collect enough autographs to make that happen. That's the verdict after the Secretary of State's office reversed its initial interpretation of statutes that govern the process. The 75-day timeline to gather signatures includes the 15 business days the Kootenai County Clerk's office will have to certify them, the Secretary of State's office wrote Wednesday in a letter to Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers. That means the city had been correct all along, and the 15-day certification time frame has to be factored into the 75-day window - not added to it/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (City of Coeur d'Alene photo: Susan Weathers)

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City Clerk Rejects Recall Petitions

Huckleberries has received the letter sent by City Clerk Susan Weathers (pictured) to Frank Orzell, leader of the recall effort against Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilmen Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy. Weathers has rejected the recall petition paperwork because it was lacking key elements, including the reason for the recall effort. The petitioners failed to write up to 200 words explaining the reason they are attempting to recall the mayor and the council members. Adds Weathers: “Also, just as a suggestion, I would recommend including the Council Seat # to which the Councilman was elected.  The seat numbers for which they ran and were elected are:  Mike Kennedy, Council Seat #2, Woody McEvers, Council Seat #4, and Deanna Goodlander, Council Seat #6.” Copy of clerk's letter here.

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City Clerk Takes Issue With Editorial

This letter is in response to (today's Coeur d'Alene Press editorial): “The opening statement reads “If you’re looking for someone who disagrees with something Mayor Sandi Bloem has voted for, voted against or decided on her own, count us in.” I wish to clarify that the Mayor does not vote except in the case of a tie vote.  Over the past ten years the Mayor has broken a tie vote of the City Council six (6) times.  That is six (6) times in 365 meetings held by the City Council over the past 10 years.  In reviewing the City Council meeting minutes, the Mayor last broke a tie vote on January 1, 2009.  Prior to that she cast a tie-breaking vote in November 2008, June 2006, September 2006, August 2002 and July 2002.  The only time the Mayor has cast a vote regarding McEuen Park was on July 16, 2002 when she broke a tie vote on a motion by Council to limit public comments to three minutes.  The motion failed with the Mayor’s tie-breaking vote”/City Clerk Susan Weathers.

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Savvy Rep: Ad Error Was My Fault

Linda Clovis of Savvy Marketing sent the following email to Jeff Ward of the Reagan Republicans: “I am the one that designed the ad for George Sayler, and ultimately it is my fault that the needed disclaimer was not printed in the specific ad in which you are inquiring.  It was indeed in the original ad but upon setting up the file to format and send to the newspapers electronically, it was accidentally cut off.   If you look at all the other materials we produced for Mr. Sayler, which includes ads in other newspapers, fliers, postcards, etc,  you will notice that the needed disclosure of who paid for the ad was printed.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.   Your diligence on such matters is commendable but I assure you that this was my error and my error alone and to question the integrity of Mr. Sayler’s campaign or to insinuate any wrongdoing on his behalf would just be malicious.”

Another Jeff Ward/Reagan Republicans response: “I recently received an email from Mike Patrick of the Coeur d’Alene Press (see below) explaining that the ad was printed exactly as it was sent from Savvy. If that is the case and the version that was sent to your office did have a disclaimer attached, there has been an attempt to deceive you as to the actual content of the ad sent to the Press and the Review. I urge you to look into this instance of a campaign sending you inaccurate information in order to cover-up a violation of the sunshine laws.”

Question: Are we done now?

City Clerk: Sayler Ad Did Comply

Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers sent this response to Jeff Ward of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans moments ago: “Thank you for your inquiry.  After investigating your complaint it has been shown that the actual advertisement to the C d’A Press did comply with I.C. 67-6614A and met the requirement of indicating the party responsible for the communication of that ad.  Somehow, between the advertisement being sent to the Cd’A Press by Savvy Marketing (who prepared and submitted the ad), and the publication in the Cd’A Press the last line of the ad was cut off. ”

Update: Ward's response: “Thank you for your looking into this.  Could you (answer a) couple of quick questions? 1. Who actually paid for the ad? 2. The ad has an ad code number on the very bottom(right corner.) Those codes are on the outer edges of all the ads in the Press. How did a disclaimer get cut off from in-between the last line and the ad code number?”

Update: Coeur d'Alene Press Editor Mike Patrick: We're checking with Savvy Marketing right now to find out who paid for the ad, and who that entity's treasurer is. I'm going to publish a clarification in tomorrow's paper. As Susan indicated and I can have someone in my graphics department explain to you if you wish, the disclaimer was on the ad, between the citizens' names at the very bottom and the banner across the bottom (“Please join …” with the ad code). When more names were added to that part of the ad at the last minute, those names were overlaid on top of the disclaimer. You don't have to take my word for it, but there was no intent to deceive by Savvy, which has tons of experience with political advertising. Regardless, I'm going to clarify the matter in tomorrow's Press.

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City Clerk Answers Ward Allegations

Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers has sent HucksOnline a detailed response to allegations made by Jeff Ward of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans. Among the issues she addresses is the easily misunderstood campaign finance report submitted by the group to cover candidates backed by the Reagan Republicans in Coeur d'Alene. In closing, Weathers writes: “Finally, you have wrongly accused Mr. Kennedy of actions that were not his and accused me 'as a highly-paid employee of the City Council' and of 'acting under his direction' and that I am using my office 'to benefit preferred candidates and organizations and maliciously harassing opposing candidate and organizations' is also not true and, I consider it to be a slander upon my reputation. I believe, at the very least, you owe Mr. Kennedy and myself an apology.” You can read Weathers' entire letter here.

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Clerk Explains Forum’s Electronics Ban

HucksOnline just received this message from Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers re: candidate Adam Graves' complaint that he can't use his iPad at a candidates forum Thursday:  “First I would like to review the format for the CDATV Candidates forum.  Since this forum is televised, our goal it provide an opportunity for the voters to learn about the philosophical viewpoints of the candidates, how well they know the issues of the City and, as a potential leader of our community, their ability to  “think on the feet”.    That being the focus of this forum, the candidates are not given the questions prior to the forum.  The first time they should hear them is when they are on the dais.  Candidates are sequestered in a room prior to appearing on the forum.  To maintain the integrity of the forum, to assure that all candidates have a “level playing field”, and to prevent an unfair advantage between candidates, all electronic devices are prohibited in order to eliminate the participant from sending to or receiving information from outside sources.   Since you cannot send or receive information on paper notes, we do allow candidates have paper notes.”

Question: Reasonable explanation?

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