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Recall election to move forward


first_imgROSEMEAD – The effort to recall two Rosemead city councilmen gained a victory Friday when a judge said he would allow the recall election to go forward. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner lifted the injunction he previously issued that halted the recall election of Mayor Gary Taylor and Councilman Jay Imperial. Imperial and Taylor were targeted for recall by Save Our Community, a coalition of residents and others opposed to a Wal-Mart now under construction at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street. “From my understanding, the recall is back on,” said Councilman John Tran, who opposed the Wal-Mart. “I think this is a victory for the residents of Rosemead.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tran said he wants to hold a special meeting to discuss with legal counsel how to proceed with the recall. He believes the city can set an election date between Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. Taylor, Imperial and City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto did not returns calls seeking comment. City Hall was closed Friday. Applauding the court decision, state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said, “Democracy was the real victor today.” “The judge’s decision today means that the will of the people of Rosemead to have a local government for the people by the people has been heard,” Romero said. In April, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the withdrawal of a three-judge panel decision made in September on Padilla v. Lever, which was the basis of Imperial’s challenge to the recall petition against him. last_img read more