Fullerton Recall: Effort To Oust Three Council Members Appears Successful

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Current results from Fullerton show that absentee voters favored recalling three City Council members who were accused by detractors of "failing to lead." Thirteen candidates ran to replace them. A list of the candidates is available here.

The campaign to recall the three officials came following the fatal beating of a schizophrenic man, Kelly Thomas, by six Fullerton police officers. Thomas, who was homeless, died following a violent confrontation last July that was caught on surveillance video. Two officers are facing trial on homicide charges.

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Supporters of the recall said Dick Jones, Don Bankhead, and Pat McKinley protected the officers involved in the fatal beating and failed to remove the officers for a month.

They also accused the three men of wasting resources and losing trust of Fullerton residents. The campaign to recall the council members was led by Tony Bushala, a Fullerton business owner.

However, some said the effort was merely an attempt to grab power and suggest Bushala wants to get his own people on Fullerton's council. A committee opposed to the recall argued that 99.9 percent of recall funds are from Bushala.

"This recall is led by Tony Bushala -- a millionaire developer who has profited handsomely from projects in Fullerton's redevelopment area," Dick Jones wrote in a statement. "Bushala needs a majority on the city council for future projects to he is seeking."

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