George Fry has ended his effort to remove Jack Lynch from the Angels Camp City Council, saying he doesn’t want “to waste one more second of my energy on somebody I consider useless.”
During public comment at Tuesday’s council meeting, Fry informed the council of his decision. He announced his intent to circulate a recall petition in July, citing, among other grievances, Lynch’s “gross lack of leadership in his conduct of his city governance, including failure to pass a city budget, allowing city government to operate without a budget for six months during 2010-2011 while mayor.”
The notice also said that Lynch ignored the need to create financial contingency plans in case of an economic downturn and did nothing to improve the city’s economic growth while he was mayor. He also did not take the opportunity to write a letter of support to Dr. Daniel Fisher, executive director of the National Empowerment Center, to invite the center’s National Alternatives Conference to the city, which Fry estimated would have garnered $26,000 in transient occupancy tax and more than $1 million to Angels merchants due to the high number of visitors.
Fry had submitted the notice of intent, complete with the required 20 voter signatures of support, to the Calaveras County Elections Office. Elections staff were reviewing the wording of the petition to ensure that it complies with the Secretary of State’s Office requirements. The petition had been sent back to Fry several times for changes. Once approved, Fry would have had 60 days to collect 570 signatures, or 25 percent of voters, to get the recall on a ballot.
“The more time I had to think about it, I thought, 'This clown doesn’t get it,'” Fry said. “He’s never going to get it.”
Lynch’s official response to Fry’s notice consisted of 15 words: “The charges and personal labels put on me in this recall petition are without merit.” His response to Fry’s decision to end his effort was similarly brief.
“I was surprised with all the charges that he put forward, and I’m happy that he has decided not to pursue it further.”
After Tuesday’s meeting, Fry lamented the fact that Lynch was again running council meetings following the death of Mayor Jack Boeding last week. Lynch, the city’s vice mayor, said the city is advertising for applicants to fill the remainder of Boeding’s term and a discussion will be had at the next council meeting as to what the options are for appointing a new mayor.
The vacant term ends in December 2012. Interested Angels Camp residents should submit an appointment application form (available at City Hall and http://angelscamp.gov">angelscamp.gov) to the city clerk by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at City Hall, 584 S. Main St., P.O. Box 667, Angels Camp, CA 95222. Interviews will be held at the Oct. 18 City Council meeting. Applicants must be registered voters.
When asked if he plans on applying for the council position, Fry replied, “Not no, but hell no.”
“Why would I waste my time?” he added. “They’re never going to appoint me. They’re not smart enough to figure out that I’m capable. They’re not smart enough to figure out that I’m a team player.”
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