By Ryan McEachron
(Victorville)–There has been a lot of press lately about the potential recall of three council members. Although the electorate has this right I feel compelled to give my opinion as to why a recall is not in the best interest of the citizens of Victorville.
Over the last several months I have worked with the city council and attempted to bring about unity. Members of the city council do not always agree with each other and nor should they as that makes for healthy dialogue and the proper representation of our constituents.
Recently we had a policy decision to make on whether or not to fill eight vacant deputy positions. Many arguments were made as to the merits of this as well as to the costs associated with filling those positions. The council was split on a 3 – 2 vote to fill the positions.
After that decision councilman Rothschild asked for the item to come back before the council for reconsideration due to the costs associated with filling those positions. Once again the council was split and on a 3 – 2 vote rescinded its previous decision to fill those positions.
Whether you agree with decision to fill those positions or you do not the decision was made and the positions will not be filled, at least for now. This is a perfect example though of a process that will occur from time to time on a city council as we should not always agree on everything.
However, the one thing we should all agree on is that we have some major challenges facing us over the next couple of months in dealing with the financial issues this city is facing.
Placing blame on the councils’ of the past does nothing to help us solve these problems. We as a council must work together to solve these problems as that was what we were elected to do and the voters expect that of us. We must come together and united deal with the tough decisions to be made so that we can pull our wonderful city out of this mess and return it to the great city we all know that it can be. These problems will not solve themselves so we must be united in dealing with them.
A threat of a recall of any council member does nothing to help us deal with these problems and only becomes a distraction to our efforts to move the city forward in the right direction.
The estimate to hold a recall election is in the range of $230,000 to $275,000 and the taxpayers should not have to foot such a bill at a time when the city of Victorville is dealing was such overwhelming financial issues.
I am calling on the citizens to unite and join the council in our efforts to turn our city around so that we can take care of issues such as crime, streets, parks and other services that benefit the hard working families of Victorville. Please join us in making Victorville a great place to live work and play.
I applaud you Mr. Mayor on taking the lead in this matter. As has always been the case, cooler heads will prevail. This is a gesture that proves that we just may have the right man in the right place at the right time, lead on Mr. Mayor.
Recalls are a knee-jerk reaction and a gamble.
The person elected won their seat fairly.
If they choose to ignore their constituants, they lose
A re-election bid.
You give them a job to do, then you tell them how to do it?