I am opposed to the effort to recall Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons for several reasons, primarily because this self-defeating recall effort is distracting residents from discussing important Morro Bay matters, such as the future of the soon-to-be-closed Morro Bay power plant and the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant.
The recall effort is dividing our small city. Recall proponents are actually encouraging local businesses to promote the recall to approximately 7,000 local consumers by having recall petitions in their places of business. Does that make sense? Forcing a personal viewpoint will cause an uncomfortable environment for customers. I’ll choose not to spend my money in those local businesses.
Recalls confuse voters. The question to remove our pro-business mayor will likely appear on the same June 3, 2014, ballot on which Mayor Irons will be a candidate for reelection. It’s conceivable that the mayor will be reelected to a new two-year term but would have to take a six-month break because he was recalled. Does that make any sense?
If our mayor is recalled, he’ll be removed from office before his term ends. That seems beyond extreme to me. Let’s keep Morro Bay’s future interests in mind.
-- Joe Birney - Morro Bay