Two county supervisors who played a role in enacting a pot ban in Calaveras County were served with notices of intent to recall them Tuesday during a board meeting in San Andreas.

Two separate groups, led by Jeremy Maddux of District 4 and Joan Wilson of District 1 respectively, served Supervisors Dennis Mills, District 4, and Gary Tofanelli, District 1, recall notices after both campaigns obtained more than the required 20 signatures since last week in support of their efforts.

Maddux said during public comment that Mills was a “divisive” politician, who brought a personal agenda into the office in banning cannabis. He condemned the supervisor for alleged Ralph M. Brown Act violations, “disparaging” remarks to county staff and disregard for members of the public who challenged his positions.

Later during public comments Wilson said that Tofanelli did not represent members of his district fairly. She also claimed that he voted in support of a cannabis ban despite having no plans for how to fund law enforcement.

Mills and Tofanelli are two of the three supervisors who voted in favor of enacting a cannabis ban on Jan. 10.

Both recall proponents cited the supervisors’ for their alleged disregard for the health and safety of county citizens and businesses in banning pot. They claimed that decision also opened the door for “devastating” lawsuits that could bankrupt the county.

Mills, in response, said he welcomed the opportunity to have a discussion with his voters that there is more going on in the county than just marijuana.

“The recall won’t make the June Primary,” Mills said.

Tofanelli declined to comment when asked for a response.

The campaigns are the second and third recall attempts since late last year when recall proponents served Supervisor Jack Garamendi, District 2, notice papers, citing his alleged support of the cannabis industry.

Trent Fiorino, of Valley Springs, said the Calaveras County Elections Department recently certified Garamendi’s recall petition for circulation. Proponents can now begin gathering the necessary signatures to put the recall on the ballot for a vote.

In 2016, Supervisor Clyde Clapp, District 5, was the winner in a recall election to replace former board member Steve Kearney.

Both Mills and Tofanelli began their current tenures on the board at the start of 2016.

Rebecca Turner, county registrar of voters, said proponents have up to a week to submit each notice of intent with proof of service to the elections office. 

Proponents also have to obtain proof the notice of intent has been put in a local publication, according to the state's recall manual. 

"At the present time, the elections department has not received the notice of Intent or the proof of service for either," Turner said.

Once the elections office receives the copies and proof of public notification, the elections department has 10 days to clear the petition for signature gathering.

If the elections department certifies a petition for signature gathering, proponents have 90 days to gather signatures from 25 percent of the registered voters in each district to force a recall election.


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