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WHY RECALL RUTH LUEVANOS?

 

Councilmember Ruth Luevanos has violated our trust.

 

MISUSED HER OFFICE AND CITY RESOURCES

ENGAGED IN CONDUCT DESIGNED TO DIVIDE THE COMMUNITY

On July 13, 2019 Councilmember Luevanos violated her oath of office by posting a video to Facebook that instructed individuals subject to a valid deportation order to resist arrest, obstruct justice, and violate a court order. She introduced herself as a member of Simi Valley City Council in the video, which was shot     in her City Hall office and contained a graphic featuring the     official city seal logo and the words "Councilmember Ruth Luevanos.

Luevanos used untrue and divisive rhetoric in her video, in interviews and public comments since the video's release, and directly from the dais at the July 29, 2019 City Council meeting which was designed to incite anger and division in the community and not aimed at working "for the common good of the people of Simi Valley."

 

VIOLATED THE CITY CODE OF ETHICS

KNOWINGLY DISSEMINATED FALSE INFORMATION

All elected officials and members of appointed boards, commissions, and committees in the City of Simi Valley are required to abide by a Code of Ethics and Conduct and sign a Statement of Commitment indicating their agreement to its provisions.

We believe Luevanos is in violation of 3 of the 4 points of the Statement of Purpose, 6 of the 18 provisions in the Code of  Ethics itself, and 6 of the 8 points in the Statement of Commitment.

When numerous members of the Simi Valley community attended a City Council meeting July 29 to question Luevanos about her conduct, Luevanos knowingly made a false statement that Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) had conducted a raid at Vallarta Supermarket the prior Friday and arrested five people, and that the store was now a "ghost town."

In addition to being simply dishonest, Luevanos' actions needlessly placed members of our immigrant community in fear and disparaged one of our local businesses.

Ruth Offers No Apologies

Just UNT"RUTH"

 

Rather than apologize for her actions and seek to promote healing and goodwill in the community, Councilmember Luevanos sat on the City Council dais on July 29 and lied about ICE raids in the community. Luevanos is a community leader respected by people on both sides of the political aisle and had the opportunity to be a part of the solution. Instead, her actions (and inactions) have created an environment of animosity in the city and encouraged out-of-town activists to malign our city and its residents in City Council meetings and the media.

During the meeting on August 12, Luevanos again lied about the alleged ICE raid at Vallarta.

Our community is more divided than ever because of Councilmember Luevanos' words and actions. She has brought dishonor to the community, but instead of feeling remorse she has dug her heels in and sits by as her supporters disparage and verbally attack Simi Valley residents.


HOW DO RECALLS WORK?

Below are the steps to Recall Ruth Luevanos:

STEP ONE: NOTICE OF INTENT TO RECALL
To begin recall proceedings against Councilmember Luevanos, we, the recall proponents, must serve her with a Notice of Intent to Recall signed by at least 20 people registered to vote in Simi Valley.
The original Notice must be filed with the City Clerk within 7 days of service.

STEP TWO: THE COUNCIL MEMBER ANSWERS
Councilmember Luevanos will have seven days after the Notice is filed with the City Clerk to file a response (optional).



STEP THREE: PREPARE THE RECALL PETITION
Within 10 days of the Councilmember's response (or within 10 days of the day response was due, if one is not filed), the recall proponents must prepare a Recall Petition and file it with the City Clerk. The Recall Petition must comply with strict design and formatting requirements.

STEP FOUR: RECEIVE PETITION APPROVAL
The City Clerk will then have 10 days to review our petition to ensure it meets legal guidelines. If approved, we may begin collecting signatures. They may also require us to modify and resubmit the petition. No signatures may be obtained until the form of the petition has been approved.

STEP FIVE: GATHER SIGNATURES
We must collect 10,999 valid signatures. This number is required by law, based on the number of registered voters in the City of Simi Valley. Because of potential duplicate signatures and other errors, we've set a goal of 15,000 signatures to ensure we have the required number of valid signatures.

STEP SIX: FILE THE PETITIONS
We have 160 days from the time the City Clerk approves our petition to gather the total number of signatures. 
The clock starts ticking once we’re notified of approval of the petition.

 

STEP SEVEN: SIGNATURE VERIFICATION AND PETITION CERTIFICATION
The Ventura County Elections Board will then have 30 days to verify the validity of the petition signatures. If the number of valid signatures is deemed sufficient, the County Elections Official will certify the results of the signature examination to the governing body at its next regular meeting.

STEP EIGHT: ELECTION CALLED
Within 14 days after the results are certified, the City Clerk must issue an order calling (setting the date for) the recall election.

The election must be held between 88 and 125 days from the date of the order.

 

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