Manzo recall effort falls short

CARLOS MANZO, Westminster City Councilmember, District 2 (OC Tribune file photo from 2020).

Another attempt to recall a member of the Westminster City Council has fallen short.

A petition drive to place the matter of recalling Vice Mayor Carlos Manzo didn’t submit enough valid signatures, according to the city clerk’s office.

A total of 2,141 signatures are needed to call for the recall election, and 2,878 were submitted by the group seeking to recall Manzo, who represents District 2 on the council. However, when the Orange County Registrar of Voters conducted its verification process, the final total of valid signatures was 1,907, which is 234 fewer than the requirement.

An earlier effort to recall Councilmember Kimberly Ho (District 3) also was unable to procure enough valid signatures. In January, recall advocates were 285 signatures short.

In each case valid signatures amounting to 20 percent of registered voters in a district must be submitted to require the holding of a recall vote.

The recall efforts are part of the ongoing political struggle in Westminster between the council majority of Manzo, Ho and Councilmember Tai Do on one side, and Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmember Chi Charlie Nguyen on the other.

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