Recall effort directed at San Diego Mayor could take months

With enough signatures, December vote possible

SAN DIEGO - If San Diego Mayor Bob Filner continues to ignore pleas for his resignation amid a series of scandals he may be able to keep his office at City Hall into 2014. Why? Because recalls take time, and there's no guarantee of success.   

By law, recalling an elected official in San Diego is a long process.

Recall organizer Mike Pallamary completed the first step July 28 when he published his intent to recall notice in the newspaper. 

Filner had 14 days to reply, and on the 11th hour of the 14th day he did, although he did not follow the rules which say the response must include a signature. The recall will move forward with or without that signature.

On August 18, petitions can begin circulating as volunteers try to collect more than 101,000 valid signatures in 39 days. Those signatures must be turned in no later than September 26.

That is when the timeline becomes more vague. The city clerk has up to 30 days to validate the signatures, and if they are insufficient, the clerk notifies the recall committee that they have another 30 days to file supplemental petitions. That could move the timeline to late November.

If there are enough signatures at that point, the clerk notifies City Council, which must schedule a special election in not less than 60 and not more than 90 days.

By 10News' calculations, the best-case scenario could put a recall vote in mid-December, but with delays it could easily extend to late February or even early March.

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