Proponents of a fledgling recall drive against Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson began circulating petitions last weekend in their attempt to gather more than 17,000 signatures from registered voters in the 12th Council District.
A Northridge businessman angry over a redevelopment proposal that would affect his property holdings initiated the drive. Walter N. Prince and his supporters, who he says number more than 100, have until Nov. 20 to gather the signatures of 15% of the registered voters in the district.
If the signatures are validated by the Los Angeles City Clerk, Bernson would be forced into a recall election. Prince said volunteers of the group called CURB, for Citizens Unite to Recall Bernson, are displeased with the councilman's order to study placing a Northridge industrial area near Parthenia Street and Tampa Avenue.
In a rebuttal published as part of the petition, Bernson called the drive a "mean-spirited" effort by special interests in favor of mini-mall developments and adult bookstores. The rebuttal was co-signed by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, local clergy and homeowner leaders.