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Pasadena Residents: ‘We Were Tricked Into Signing Recall Petition Against Councilman Victor Gordo’

“To purposely deceive two elderly people into signing recall paperwork is shameful and we anticipate that others who were tricked will come forward as well,” said Pasadena Councilman Victor Gordo. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

By Terry Miller

In the ongoing matter of illegal pot dispensary owner Szameit’s attempt to recall Pasadena Councilmember Victor Gordo, new revelations have now emerged.

According to a statement send to Pasadena Independent by Ralph Frammolino, PivotHound Communications, LLC:

“At least two proponents named in the effort to recall Councilman Victor Gordo have signed statements saying they were deceived into putting their names on qualifying papers for the recall measure.

“Roberta Wilcox and Robert B. Phillips said they were ‘hoodwinked’ by signature-gatherers who came to their door and misrepresented the intent of the qualifying papers. In fact, they signed papers that started the clock on the recall effort.

“Both said they realized they had been deceived after Councilman Victor Gordo, as required under state law, gave Wilcox a formal response to the qualifying papers.

“’I felt as if I had been hook-winked,’ said Phillips. ‘Kind of a bait-and-switch kind of a thing. A recall for someone on the Council is pretty serious…. Had I known it was a recall petition against Victor, I wouldn’t have signed it.’

“Added Wilcox, who lives in District 5 and is a supporter of the Councilman: ‘The women who came to my door were totally dishonest. They never said anything about a recall…. If I could, I would retract my signature if the petition is certainly to get rid of Gordo.’ 

“On Sunday, Wilcox sent a letter to Bradley Hertz, listed on the qualifying papers as attorney for the recall effort, demanding to see his legal file related to the effort. The demand letter also asked to see any communication Hertz has had with illegal pot operator Shaun Szameit, who Hertz represents.

“Although Szameit has emerged as a recall spokesman, he is not listed as a proponent on the qualifying papers and does not live in District 5.

“Gordo said ‘it is no coincidence’ that after Mrs. Wilcox sent her demand, Hertz did not meet a 5:30 p.m. deadline to submit additional recall paperwork to the Pasadena City Clerk.

“’To purposely deceive two elderly people into signing recall paperwork is shameful and we anticipate that others who were tricked will come forward as well,’ said Gordo. ‘In my view, this is clear evidence of an attempt to overturn the will of the people by grabbing control of our local government through a fraudulent recall.’

Drug raid Dec. 2017. – Photo by Dinnis Lee / Beacon Media News

“’This recall is nothing more than a desperate attempt by an illegal pot operator and his attorney to strong-arm the city into letting him sell cannabis despite a long record of breaking the law,’ said Gordo. ‘He has been cited for 21 zoning violations, fined more than $25,000, has sued the city and is facing criminal charges.’

“’These are the type of operators the people of Pasadena rejected when they approved the sale of legal cannabis in June.’”

February 27, 2019

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tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family sailed to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures, chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB...more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years.


2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Pasadena Residents: ‘We Were Tricked Into Signing Recall Petition Against Councilman Victor Gordo’”

  1. Warren Currier says:

    The I of immigrate with “in” to remember that the word means moving into a new country.
    “….. abroad the Queen Mary” and the list goes on.

    Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB…more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years says.

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