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Recall Effort Against Ventura County Supervisor In Trouble

A recall effort targeting a Ventura County supervisor is in trouble.

Recall backers are concerned they can't gather enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot by September 14 deadline.

A campaign to recall a Ventura County Supervisor is apparently in trouble. Proponents of the drive say they don’t have enough time to gather the signatures to put it on the ballot, and unsuccessfully sought an extension.

The drive was launched by a group of people upset with Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks over her support of COVID-19 safety measures.

They are unhappy over things like the county’s COVID-related business restrictions, and mask requirements.

In a twist, their attorney claims they are having a hard time getting signatures because people afraid of the delta variant surge don’t want to talk to them. The recall petitions were approved for circulation in April, and the deadline is September 14.

They asked for an extension, because they are concerned they won’t be able to collect the just over 11,000 valid signatures necessary to put the recall on the ballot.

But, state law sets out specific timelines for recall efforts. County Clerk and Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn says the state law is clear, and there is no discretion to grant an extension.

Parks is set to leave office next year. She can’t seek re-election because of term limits, so her second district seat will be wide open in the June 2022 election.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.