Granite Bay group revs up recall drive against Supervisor Kirk Uhler

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A Granite Bay group is going ahead with its recall drive against District 4 Supervisor Kirk Uhler after all. Will Ellis, a Granite Bay resident and co-founder of Save Granite Bay, said today that the organization wanted to poll its members after Uhler unexpectedly sided with the group’s stand on a low-impact community plan update. Despite Uhler’s surprise stance, more than 70 percent of the group still favors proceeding with a recall, Ellis said. The recall petition touches on several controversies Uhler’s name has been attached to, including what Save Granite Bay says are questionable county contracts with Solar Power Inc. while Uhler was an executive there and a move by the county to hire Uhler’s wife last year to an unadvertised managerial post. Uhler has consistently denied any wrongdoing or involvement. Uhler said Monday that he’s disappointed that in spite of the Board of Supervisors’ direction on the low-impact Granite Bay Community Plan option, the group seems intent on moving forward with a recall. “It’s fair for residents of Granite Bay to ask what other political motives are behind the recall and if it’s worth spending a quarter of a million dollars for someone’s political gain,” Uhler said. Ellis, a Granite Bay physician, said the group plans to file a revised statement of intent to recall Uhler in the next few days. From there, Uhler would have seven days to respond. After the response, Save Granite Bay would have 10 days to file its petition. After that, Save Granite Bay would have 120 days to gather nearly 8,000 signatures on a petition to force a recall election. Ellis said that the cost of an election would depend on its timing, with the group’s goal not to have a special election. “We’re talking with the elections division and obviously don’t want to create a huge cost for the county,” Ellis said. “We remain committed to transparency in government and our desire for leaders to represent their constituent’s interests.” Uhler said in a previous interview that his decision on the community plan option – backed by fellow supervisors and county staff – shows that he is listening to Granite Bay residents. – Gus Thomson