Save Granite Bay’s recall drive against Kirk Uhler could be targeting lame duck

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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With the Save Granite Bay recall drive proceeding slowly against Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler, its target said today the opposition is missing one key point – whether he’ll be seeking another term in 2012. At this time, the answer would probably be ‘no,’ Uhler said. “The first question they should be asking is: ‘Is he running again?’” Uhler said. “Right now, I’m undecided but if I had to make the decision today, I probably wouldn’t be filing.” Uhler was appointed to the $30,000-a-year job four years ago and has just more than two years left on the four-year term he won in 2008 when he ran unopposed . Uhler, who is chairman of the board this year, said he enjoys serving as the Granite Bay supervisor but he has to balance the time spent with his family’s needs. As well as his board position, Uhler works as a solar power consultant, specializing in governmental relations. Uhler also served as a supervisor in the early 1990s but said the chief difference this time around is that he has children. His daughter would be turning 13 and just entering high school if he was to run for another four-year term in two years, he said. “This job is so time-intensive and there are sacrifices in my life I’m not prepared to keep making,” Uhler said. Will Ellis, Save Granite Bay founder, said he wouldn’t have a comment on Uhler’s future plans other than to say “it’s up to him.” Ellis re-iterated today that the group is still making plans to move ahead with a recall and is meeting today to move closer to developing a time-frame. The initial step would be serving Uhler with a statement of intent to proceed. About 8,000 signatures of Granite Bay voters are needed to call a recall election. A key argument in the group’s recall drive revolved around the possibility of a major revision to the Granite Bay Community Plan that they said threatened the community’s quality of life. Uhler and the Board of Supervisors’ decision in August to go with a low-cost, low-impact community plan option surprised the group and led to a delay in filing papers with the county elections division. The filing deadline came and went last week but Ellis said the group intends to file again at a date yet to be determined. Members were polled in late August via e-mail on whether to continue the recall and 70 percent voted to proceed, Ellis said. “The fundamental principal is still that an elected person has to represent his constituents,” Ellis said. Ellis said Save Granite Bay is now lining up volunteers to help collect signatures and fund the process.