Councilmembers Steve Herfert, Shelly Sanderson and Mike Touhey have all been served with recall petitions claiming that they have have driven the city to the brink of insolvency. One other council member also faced recall petitions, but she resigned last month. Petitioners claim that the council has taken the city's general fund reserve from $29 million to $6 million over the course of months, and complain about the sale of public land to a private developer. Council members claim that the reserve fund is still there, though $21.5 million was loaned to the city redevelopment agency.
Petitioners need 10,000 signatures per member.