On Friday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe was served with a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition at Antioch City Hall.
He was served with the Notice of Intent to recall at approximately 12:30 pm with multiple witnesses in the parking lot including a video that was posted.
According to the video, Thorpe is served with papers only to reject them twice. The first time he threw them down on the ground, the second time, after the person serving the papers placed them on his windshield. Thorpe got out of his vehicle and threw them on the ground. He later returned to pick them up.
According to the Notice:
“To the Honorable Lamar Thorpe: Pursuant to Section 11020: California Election Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of Antioch, in the State of California, hereby give you notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal of office of Mayor, in Antioch, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.
The grounds for this recall are as follows:
Disrespect for Council Members and the Public who disagree with you during City Council meetings. Blocking constituents and not allowing them to comment on your social media. You have failed to provide full support to the great men and women of the Antioch Police Department which is impeding their ability to keep our residents safe. As a result of your failed leadership it has led to the resignation of the Police Chief Tammany Brooks who will be taking up a new post in Boise, Idaho; and the announced retirement of Antioch City Manager Ron Bernal. You put on the council agenda to rescind the School Resource Officer Grant without any public input from the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) Board or Administration after the officers had been interviewed and selected. You mislead the public about when you were informed about the death of Angelo Quintos, when you had earlier received an email from Chief Brooks. You blamed business owners on Sycamore Drive for the crimes that are being committed by others that live nearby which does not reflect Antioch’s theme “Opportunity Lives Here”.
The paperwork has now been filed with the city clerks office and Thorpe has 7-days to respond should he choose with a 200-word response. He also has to serve it to a proponent as well as the clerks office. A petition could take up to 10-20-days before signatures can begin to be collected.
In total, its estimated over 9,000 signatures would need to be collected (approximately 15% of registered voters). If that is approved, it would hit the ballot sometime in the Spring of 2022.
“I think looking at the state of the city, there was no other course of action but to move forward with a recall petition on Mayor Lamar Thorpe. This is bigger than my own personal views and there is a group of many other supporters ready to begin collecting signatures when we are allowed to,” explained Cathy Cabrera. “We will follow the recall process and let the citizens of Antioch’s voices be heard. We believe the residents of Antioch deserve better as too many good people both in city hall, residents and businesses leave under Mayor Thorpe’s tenure.”