Poway Recall Effort Builds: Report

Betty Rexford has refused requests to resign

It's been an ongoing drama in Poway for months. The Poway City Council asked one of its members to resign, but she refused. After several months of public discussion and tension, a local resident has begun a recall effort.

Four members of the Poway City Council asked Councilwoman Betty Rexford to resign in August 2009 after a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed she used her influence to interfere with construction on her neighbor's property.

Rexford, who is up for re-election in 2010, has repeatedly denied the request to step down. She defended herself against all allegations in a letter to the News Chieftain newspaper.

Longtime Poway resident, Steve Vaus, told a Poway community newspaper that the recall office will be open this weekend and staffed with volunteers. The group needs 5,657 signatures to qualify the measure on the June 8 primary ballot.

In order to qualify for the ballot, the signatures needed must be collected before Jan. 28.

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