Long Beach Council Resolution Opposing Newsom Recall Election Returns For Enacting Vote Aug. 24. Will Any Public Speakers Speak Pro Or Con? Will Repub Mungo Avoid Recorded Vote Again?
|(Aug. 20, 2021, 8:20 p.m.) -- The text of a Long Beach City Council resolution opposing the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom, will come to the Council for a final enacting vote on Aug. 24.
On Aug. 17, the Council voted 6-1 (Supernaw dissenting, Mungo and Uranga not present. with Mungo materializing a few minutes after the vote) to request the City Attorney to draft a resolution opposing the recall election of CA's Governor...whose name (Gavin Newsom) the originating Council agendizers didn't mention and the drafted resolution also doesn't mention.
The originating Aug 17 Council item was brought by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, joined by Councilmembers Cindy Allen, Mary Zendejas and Suely Saro.
In the sole dissenting Aug. 17 vote, Councilman Daryl Supernaw said he'd taken an oath of office three times as a Councilmember to uphold the constitution of the state of CA, noted the recall process is specified in the CA constitution and said "I believe that supporting this resolution would be a clear violation of my oath of office. Therefore I'll be voting in opposition."
The Richardson-Allen-Zendejas-Saro agendizing memo's asserted that "Although cities cannot take positions in candidate elections, the recall is a ballot measure, not a candidate election [and] It is within the City’s legal rights to take a position on a ballot measure that will impact our residents." City Attorney Charles Parkin hasn't explicitly commented on that issue but by drafting the resolution he has given tacit approval to that reasoning. [The City Attorney wouldn't likely draft a resolution for City Council adoption that he views invalid on its face.]
On August 17, no persons or groups offered any public comment, pro or con, on the anti-recall resolution. The recall election was triggered by its proponents collecting roughly two million CA voter signatures.
Councilman Stacy Mungo (the Council's sole declared Republican) was absent from the start of the Council meeting and entered the Council Chamber after the Council vote on the anti-recall item. She is first visible on City video two items after the anti-recall item.
LB's Municipal Code section 2.03.050 specifies that "Except when a conflict of interest exists and abstention is required by State law, every member of the Council who is present when a roll is called shall vote for or against the question, unless excused by a majority of the members present, prior to the calling of the roll on such question." It's a matter of speculation why Councilwoman Mungo wasn't present when the roll was called but her absence allowed her to avoid a recorded vote on August 17.
A Council resolution puts the City of Long Beach on record -- and potentially enables the use of City taxpayer resources -- to oppose the Newsom recall. The Aug. 17 agendizing memo Fiscal Impact statement says "No Financial Management review was able to be conducted due to the urgency and time sensitivity of this item."
The Long Beach City Council is nominally non-partisan but (since Beverly O'Neill's political embrace of Bill Clinton) has become highly politicized. Seven of LB's nine Councilmembers are Dems (and elected with Dem-allied campaign contributions) and Mayor Robert Garcia actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton, then Kamala Harris and eventually Joe Biden with post-election lockstep support for actions by Biden...and Newsom.
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The City Attorney drafted resolution coming to the Council on Aug. 24, visible in full here, is transcribed below for readers' convenience.
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