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Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe Served With Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition

by ECT

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.”

 

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41 comments

The Truth Sep 24, 2021 - 4:14 pm

Classic. I enjoyed watching him not accept it. About time the Antioch citizens did something. Hoping Tamisha is next.

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Concerned Antioch Citizen Sep 24, 2021 - 6:04 pm

As the saying goes, cut the head off the snake.

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Robert C. Sep 24, 2021 - 4:40 pm

His churlish behavior is not surprising. I urge the recall proponents to keep a close eye on this city clerk to make sure she does what’s required of her. I doubt that she either knows or desires to do so.

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Lynn Confetti-Ledbetter Sep 24, 2021 - 5:10 pm

I will be happy to take a copy of the Recall document to collect signatures. Please contack me.

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Coastrider Sep 24, 2021 - 5:26 pm

Yup, that last mayor was such a peach. Poor babies..he was disrespectful to the city council. I see problems getting addressed. Maybe not immediate solutions,but the last mayor just talked a good game..didnt do much.

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Street-Sweeper Sep 24, 2021 - 7:21 pm

Amazing what a shithole Antioch has become.

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Coastrider Sep 25, 2021 - 6:53 am

You moving out would help make it better. Take your not sweeping sweeper with you. I never saw the previous mayor try to solve anything. Lived around the corner from me. Couldn’t even keep his yard up. But you keep neckin’. Neckers gotta neck

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Street-Sweeper Sep 25, 2021 - 4:02 pm

I live rent free in your head loser!! 🤣🤣

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MEV Sep 24, 2021 - 7:37 pm

Chief Brooks deserved and remaining APD deserve much better support from Lamar Thorpe and the City Council that they’ve received. Give them their tank back! I’m deeply disappointed Chief Brooks left because he really improved the quality of APD services and retention of APD officers, and just was a great overall person.

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Volvo Sep 24, 2021 - 8:40 pm

He drives a nice car.

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Martin NMN Sep 24, 2021 - 11:08 pm

Tamisha was illegally “elected” … all that’s to be done with her is to have the City Manager and City Attorney remove her. Now, there is already an online RECALL petition for Thorpe on the change.com website. This is now these things will be handled with the new technology. I doubt people will be standing in front of grocery stores anymore to gather signatures ….

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Robert C. Sep 25, 2021 - 8:13 am

I constantly see this unsupported assertion that Walker was “Illegally” elected? Exactly what statute was violated to make her election “illegal”? If you have actual evidence of it, why aren’t you providing it to the county registrar?

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Ann Griffin Sep 24, 2021 - 11:23 pm

He wouldn’t accept it? He was served! The papers touched his lap. He’s a bigger SOB than was first imagined. I smelled this rat when he ran for City Council. Would not even remotely consider voting for him then, nor for mayor! Are you kidding! Never! He has to go!

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Max Mace Sep 25, 2021 - 12:24 am

I’m delighted that FINALLY people are so bloody sick of this guy that they are finally springing to action. He’s rapidly ruining our once-fine city! However, the recall has already started ONLINE!

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Harlow Sep 25, 2021 - 2:49 am

How irresponsible to bring a child to this type of assignment.

Agree with the previous post, Tamisha should be next. I personally would have had her removed before anyone else.

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John F Sisk Sep 25, 2021 - 6:39 am

When and where do I sign. Been a long time coming. Too bad it didn’t happen before we lost our outstanding chief of police.

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Natalie Ward Sep 25, 2021 - 10:26 am

COASTRIDER —– The previous mayor had Thorpe and Wilson on the City Council, of course one would disrespect such geniuses! Who wouldn’t!

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Leon Estrada Sep 25, 2021 - 12:35 pm

This guy has done so much harm to Antioch that it boggles the mind! Those who voted for him should be ASHAMED! SHAME, SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE! Where did all these morons come from? They infested Antioch like the cockroaches they are! They should exit the city with him!

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Recall Lamar the black panther Thorpe !!! Sep 25, 2021 - 2:04 pm

I love how this corrupt garbage of a mayor tried to deny it. Tamisha needs to be next in line because she’s as corrupt and a black panther as Thorpe is. Great job to the lady who served him!!!

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Bob C Sep 25, 2021 - 3:03 pm

I’m surprised Ellie and Tamisha we’re not 1 St. The general Public Works agree seeing the videos of their behavior.

I funny know if the general public knows about what Lamar is like.

I’d go for those 1st and keep momentum going.

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Greg Andelin Sep 25, 2021 - 4:27 pm

Tell me where to go to sign. Also, how do we get these recalls started for the school board and city council members? We need to remove most of our elected officials. They are not listening to the people

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Madeleine B. Sep 25, 2021 - 5:32 pm

MEV — Thorpe and his minions never supported the police. They wanted the police demoralized and defunded! Why did they order the police not to accept safety equipment from the military which was given to Antioch for free? That use of this equipment was for the PROTECTION of our law enforcement people and nothing else. All cities should have those.

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Harlow Sep 25, 2021 - 5:36 pm

Not sure this petition will be helpful in any way, but here’s the link for those interested:

https://www.change.org/p/residents-of-antioch-ca-recall-lamar-thorpe-antioch-ca-city-mayor

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Crystal Sep 25, 2021 - 8:34 pm

Glad he was served. Long overdue! He and his gang have made this city a dangerous city. But I think suing him under the anti-corruption laws, would be better. He would lose and he’s gone!

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MRS P Sep 26, 2021 - 2:53 pm

Serving him is one thing. Recalling him is another. People need to get out and vote in the recall. He and his croonies will be drudging the swamp to find people to get out and vote for him. You can count on that!

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Ann Marie Shields Sep 26, 2021 - 5:27 pm

The last mayor sure didn’t blast our superb police department and our wonderful Chief of Police. Thanks to the current “so-called” mayor, I see police officers quitting this city and moving on where they are more appreciated.

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Andrea Jemez Sep 26, 2021 - 10:52 pm

I bet Thorpe crapped in his pants when the woman tossed the documents on his lap. I can just hear him say, “Whaaaa? I din do nuthin’….” He will now have to have his pants cleaned as well as the seat of his car. Let’s send him a bunch of those little green tree car “deodorizers.” A dozen will do for starters.

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Terminator Sep 27, 2021 - 12:47 am

This petition is way overdue ……… but better late than never! Terminate his mayorship!

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LoveableCurmudgeon Sep 27, 2021 - 4:15 am

Mayor Thorpe has not committed a crime. He has misused public funds. He is trying his best to bring change to this city, which is in the midst of growing pains, which has met heavy resistance from people who long for the towns bucolic past. These folks cannot handle this fact. This is not the Antioch of the 70s. It has to change, to reflect the changed demographics. So we will disagree with him over may things, and have spirited debates. As it should be. But, like Harper before him, Mr. Thorpe is being subjected to treatment that is undignified. I, for one, will not sign the petition, nor will I vote for a recall, UNLESS there is evidence of a crime or misdemeanor. I will hold my judgement for the next election

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LoveableCurmudgeon Sep 27, 2021 - 10:51 am

Actually, Two Wheeler, I don’t see much change. I do, however, see some necessary acknowledgement of past misdeeds, and that is not a bad thing

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Two Wheeler Sep 27, 2021 - 6:48 am

Open your eyes, Curmudgeon. He and TTW should both be tossed. Do you like the change he is bringing to the city?

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Simonpure Sep 27, 2021 - 7:16 am

Should have charged him for littering.

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LoveableCurmudgeon Sep 27, 2021 - 10:52 am

Correction to my earlier comment. The Mayor has NOT misused public money. I apologize for my typo.

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LoveableCurmudgeon Sep 27, 2021 - 10:54 am

This whole recall nonsense has to stop. A recall should be held for perceived crimes. NOT because you disagree with the office holder. That’s why we hold elections every four years. The recall criteria MUST be changed to make recalls tougher

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Rosemary Ross Sep 27, 2021 - 2:46 pm

Hey Curmudgeon, people who perform undignified things, damn better be treated in undignified manners. Goes with the territory. Have your doctor prescribe some “Namenda” meds which will help you think more clearly. So, you’re rather just sit back and watch this city disintegrate even more? WHAT IN THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU???? Where have you been? I am in my early 40’s and I can see the problems created by the likes of Thorpe and before him, Harper. This city is now crime-ridden (thanks to the demographics) and things are getting worse, not better! Is that the kind of “change” you want? And that’s OK with you? Look how the hands of our police are being tied? We lost a fantastic police chief thanks to the clowns now sitting on the City Council! SHAME!

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LoveableCurmudgeon Sep 28, 2021 - 4:22 am

Nice use of code words. We all know what’s going on here. Harper had a difficult road. Ms. Collins gete more than her share of grief. Ms. Torrez-Walker brings a lot of grief upon herself, but…and the Mayor? he gets far more grief than necessary for one reason only. This is not bucolic little Antioch from 1973. It is now an actual city with city problems. Thorpe may not be up to the task, but he has not committed any crimes. You don’t like him? Fine. There’s an election in 3 years. Tell me…who would replace him? I can’t wait to hear

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Lisa Merman Sep 28, 2021 - 12:10 pm

THE TRUTH! Tamshita should have been removed last November!

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Charles Oct 1, 2021 - 12:04 pm

Where do I sign???? He needs to go..

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Grisha Oct 1, 2021 - 12:09 pm

I’m not going to wait 3 long years and just sit back and watch this guy and his two ass-kissers destroy our city. Never! As to who will replace him? That’s an easy one. The next person who got the most votes last November.

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Ann Oct 4, 2021 - 10:39 am

I’ll sign the recall- HELL YES!!!! And YES, the two dumb ass Women GO NEXT!!

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