The scheme to Recall Councilmember Pepper is a political ploy to defeat the Reform Majority by removing one of the
Councilmembers setting up a 2-2 split vote to select a replacement. The Mayor
would be able, then, to break the tie in favor of someone who will go along
with her agenda.
Incumbent Mayor Benson and Council members Deady and Edelman have supported subsidies for the Yarrow Bay development and opposed the election of Pat Pepper and Brian Weber in 2015.
proponents of the Recall are former City Councilmembers and their spouses.
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can file for a recall on any elected official. Once filed, the King County
Prosecuting Attorney writes up a draft ballot description and a Superior Court
Judge reviews it to determine if it meets the legal requirements.
A Recall petition does not have to be factual. State law prohibits the Prosecuting Attorney or the Judge from determining whether the allegations are true. That is left up to the voters.
No! The actual facts are that Council member Pepper acted to uphold her oath of office and properly made discretionary decisions. Developer attorneys threatened lawsuits over some of these actions, but no lawsuit has been adjudicated in the developer's favor. If threats of a lawsuit were enough to "recall" an elected official, a strategy to get rid of any political opponent would be to threaten a lawsuit over an issue under council consideration, then file a recall based on the threat. It is important not to let this precedent stand, and an appeal has been filed.
Well, yes and no. Technically they are separate, but in fact the allegations in the lawsuit are very similar to the false allegations in the Recall.
Yarrow Bay has enjoyed a very powerful position over the City. Using their influence and money, that corporation is literally changing the face of every aspect of our Rural Town.
The Council Majority that took office in 2016 began the process of reforming City Hall to create a better balance between the Mayor, Council, staff, and Yarrow Bay. Immediately, the Mayor and her staff and attorneys obstructed and attacked every action that was proposed by the Council.
The Economic Development Director for the City has the full responsibility for reviewing the many Yarrow Bay permits and submittals. That individual's salary is well over 6 figures, which is fully covered by Yarrow Bay.
Last year when the City Council adopted a budget that challenged Yarrow Bay's control over the budget, the Mayor vetoed it and Yarrow Bay threatened a lawsuit.
Yarrow Bay received a windfall of $20 + million dollars when the Mayor and a previous Council (in 2015) voluntarily walked away from impact fees that were already agreed to by the developer.