The recall effort against Mateca Mayor Ben Cantu failed its first step, with petitioners not turning in signatures from 20 registered voters and an affidavit of notice of service. The recall is over a kitchen sink of complaints about poor hiring, lawsuits and homeless issues.
Cantu previously faced a recall effort over municipal financial issues and the replacement of the City Manager, who then fired the police chief.
Petitioners would need 7687 signatures to get on the ballot.
Manteca last had a recall in 1982, when three council members were kicked out.