Total Recall, CD 12 Style
Chatsworth resident Dennis Schwartz is beginning a nascent campaign to recall the Councilman. The issue of the Sierra Canyon private school was the one that set off Schwartz and his neighbors. Schwartz is not only opposed to the school because of its proximity to the freeway, but that when the community came to speak at City Council hear, the residents were cut off and not allowed to speak. (Walter Moore covered the story when Smith sought to use the city's credit to help raise funds to build the private school.)
A host of other Smith actions has Schwartz upset. According to Schwartz, Smith has stated he does not believe homes should be within 500 feet of a freeway due to enviornmental concerns. Schwartz says Smith wants to seize and tear down a number of such homes, but not out of altruism, but to allow a warehouse to be built on the land. Schwartz says that Council members will often rubber stamp what a fellow member wants in their District. If that's the case, Schwartz wonders, why hasn't Smith been able to get the votes to close down the Sunshine Canyon dump. That is, if Smith really wants to. Schwartz says that Smith "Doesn't know when he's telling the truth or telling a lie." Given that - and the fact that the Council generally does not oppose what a fellow member wants - Schwartz feels Smith is unfit to represent the District.
Schwartz and his group aim to collect 30,000 signatures in the 12th District to force a recall election. They are looking for volunteers to work with their committee. You can contact Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.