Intent-to-recall petitions, which were rejected twice before because they had not been filled out correctly, against four Bellflower councilmen have received final approval from City Clerk Deborah Harrington. The petitions accuse Mayor James Earle Christo and Councilmen Joseph Cvetko, M. G. (Mike) Brassard and John Ansdell of discriminating against businesswoman Bonnie Dummar and giving preferential treatment to Councilman Ansdell's son, Garry, in the rental of space in the former City Hall.
Recall organizers have 120 days to gather 5,067 signatures, which is 20% of the city's registered voters, against each official to force a recall election. Stanley Massey, one of the petition circulators, said he is confident that the signatures can be gathered.
Dummar, who did not sign the intent papers but is a primary organizer, said she and her supporters expect to begin efforts immediately. She said the group probably would start gathering signatures in the next few weeks.
Bellflower has a regular municipal election scheduled for April. The terms of Christo, Ansdell and Ray O'Neal will expire then.
Dummar's recall effort grew out of an attempt to rent additional room in the former City Hall for her telephone-answering business. She said she had been told by City Manager Jack Simpson that she had to make a formal request to the council because it had to vote on such requests. However, she said, she discovered that Hosanna Chapel, of which Garry Ansdell is pastor, rented space without a vote.