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Coeur d’Alene voter recall efforts officially fall short

An effort to oust Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and half of its City Council has fallen short. The attempted recall, pushed by voters unhappy with the city’s planned waterfront revamp of McEuen Field, failed to gather enough valid signatures to force an election. Organizers were about 200 to 250 signatures short.

Signatures fall short in CdA recall attempts

An effort to oust Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and half of its City Council has fallen short. The attempted recall, pushed by voters unhappy with the city’s planned waterfront revamp of McEuen Field, failed to gather enough valid signatures to force an election. Organizers were about 200 to 250 signatures short.

Huckleberries: Councilman mighty testy over early news report

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin was hot after news leaked last week that a compromise was in the works for McEuen Field plans for boat trailer parking. Why? He hadn’t been notified of the announcement before it appeared on the Coeur d’Alene Press website. Per protocol. So he fired off this blistering email to City Administrator Wendy Gabriel: “I find it telling that I have to learn of this move through the Press website and not from City Hall. In fact, it pisses me off. Who is in charge? Are you in charge?

Recall backers hand in petitions

It’s truth time for organizers of a recall effort to replace Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and half of the City Council. Members of RecallCda delivered boxes of petitions signed by voters to City Hall on Monday morning. By 5 p.m. on June 19, they’ll know whether they’ve collected enough valid signatures to trigger a recall vote.

RecallCda organizers deliver signatures

Organizers of an effort to recall Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and three city council members delivered boxes of petitions signed by voters to City Hall this morning.

Huckleberries: The family that opposes the recall together …

Mary Souza, an organizer of the Coeur d’Alene recall effort and bitter foe of Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilman Mike Kennedy, claims she’s enjoying good vi-vi-vibrations from the community. She contends 80 percent of the feedback to her throw-da-bums-out crusade has been positive, including drivers who wave, honk and give thumbs-up to volunteers collecting signatures on sidewalks. In a recent newsletter, however, Mary castigates the “weird negative vibe from the few Anti-recall folks” – some of whom, gadzooks, have given the Recallers a thumbs-down. Others, according to Mary, have gone further by flipping Recallers off, including a family of five – “both parents and 3 small children … all at once as they drove by.” Huffs Mary: “Great parenting from the anti-recall group.”