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The votes are tallied..and 5 Potrero planners got the boot

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

EAST COUNTY – Five members of the Potrero planning group were voted off the panel Tuesday night in a recall election that served as a symbolic referendum on a controversial training camp proposed by Blackwater Worldwide.

Three other candidates who favor Blackwater’s proposal failed in their quest for a seat on the board: Anita Meneses, Brenda Wise and Edward Boryla.

Planning group member Jan Hedlun, who took office in January, is the only member who opposes Blackwater and was not a recall target.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe five incumbents all supported the proposed facility. The results:

Should Jerry Johnson be recalled?: Yes – 187; No – 93

Mary Johnson be recalled: Yes – 189; No – 91

Gordon Hammers be recalled: Yes – 196; No – 84

Janet Wright be recalled: Yes 186; No 94

Thell Fowler be recalled: Yes – 176; No – 104

Note: 280 were counted yesterday; 10 remain to be counted; 509 people in the community were eligible to vote.

Aha! The system worked in Potrero, didn’t it? Warms the cockles of my lil black heart don’t ya know 😉

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Blackwater, the recall election and democracy in action.


The old grey lady, otherwise known as the New York Times has a piece up about the attempt by Blackwater to move in and set up shop in the tiny town of Potrero, CA and what happens to the planning board members that supported Blackwaters effort . Five members of the planning board are being recalled because of their support for the Blackwater base. Three of the group’s nine members have already been removed because Blackwater opponents revealed they had been improperly appointed.

This is how democracy should work imho. If your leaders fuck you over, you recall their worthless asses. There are a total of 509 registered voters in Potrero. Over 50% of them voted in the recall election held Monday. The county Registar began counting the votes Monday evening around 8pm. Since it was a mail-in vote, they must validate all votes prior to releasing the results.

Blackwater thought it would be a cakewalk to stroll into the tiny town and set up “800 acres of rifle ranges, dormitories, classrooms and an armory”.

Guess they found out different. In an era where city planners rarely listen to the desires of their constituents, this is very refreshing I think.

I will report the results when they are released.

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