The Jake Files

May 10, 2006

Geo’s Exchange with Councilman Orlando

If you haven't read Geo's email interview with Councilmember Orlando yet, you can find it here.  His followup phone conversation can be found here.

As I've stated before, I am not in favor of the recall.  I understand Orlando's and Sepulveda's reasoning for wanting Pentz out as City Manager, I just don't agree that those reasons are grounds for terminating him.  What I really disliked, however, was the tone and manner of the meeting, and the fact that it appeared to be a predetermined agenda that Pentz would be fired after the review.  THAT's what got me fired up, yet I STILL DON'T SUPPORT THE RECALL.  Recalls are supposed to be for malfeasance or illegality in office, not for unpopular decisions.  And, it's only one decision among many more that the council makes.

Don't sign the recall petition.  Don't vote for the recall if there's an election.  It's divisive and unwarranted.



  1. It puzzles me when I keep reading commentary that says things such as, “Recalls are supposed to be for malfeasance or illegality in office.” I read the state of Arizona statutes that dictate exactly how recalls like this are to be conducted, and they are silent–and rightfully so–on the justification of having a recall. If you can convince 1/4 of the voting electorate that you should hold a recall election, then it must be a serious issue, and it borders on condescension to suggest that the electorate are too misguided or unwise to realize what recalls are “really for.” The recall election, if it happens, is as much a part of the democratic process as was the original election that put these people in office.

    I will grant you that recalls often lead to more turmoil, but if that’s what the electorate wants, who are we to judge?

    “I hold it, that a little recall, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” -Thomas Jefferson
    (ok, I changed a word there!)

    Comment by chandlerwonk — May 13, 2006 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  2. Recalls are one of the ways the people can voice their displeasure with an elected official – or is this case officials. I personally support the recall effort as it will give the people of Chandler a ‘second chance’ to determine if they truly desire to keep these two councel members if office. If they do, okay – if they don’t okay. Personally, I don’t appreciate the tone of Martin Sepulveda. Martin has a tendancy to talk down to the people of Chandler he is supposed to be representing. In his editiorials, he implies that the people of Chandler are of a lower intelligence then him. This has been a regular theme with Martin. Martin has also shown himself to combative and he belittles anybody who does not share his opinions (Mark Pentz for one). So, one must ask, is this the type of person who should be on the council representing Chandler? Well – I guess we will see what the future holds.

    Comment by Silient Majority — May 15, 2006 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

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