Councilor Sean Morgan served recall notice

CHICO — Two days after Mayor Andrew Coolidge was served with a recall notice, Councilor Sean Morgan received one himself Thursday morning.

Morgan told the Chico Enterprise-Record he was served while in his classroom at Chico State, where he is a lecturer in the management department.

On Wednesday, a political group calling itself Chico Voters held a press conference providing some detail as to why the recall efforts against Coolidge are going forward.

Morgan responded to the news shortly after it became public Thursday.

“A small group is unhappy with the way I’ve been governing,” Morgan said. “The names I recognize on this thing are extremists. They had it delivered to my classroom which I think speaks to their professionalism.”

Morgan went on to say that he thinks Chico election districts played into this.

“This was one of the reasons I was opposed to them,” Morgan said. “We’ll see how this plays out.”

Later Thursday, Chico Voters issued a press release explaining the group’s reasoning behind the notice. The release added that a Chico State student was the one to deliver the notice to Morgan.

“Tempting though it might be to chalk this up to ignorance, or even incompetence, we think not,” the release said. “Mr. Morgan simply does and says what he wants, what he thinks his donors want. Irrespective of consequence. Irrespective of cost. Irrespective of the will of the people he was elected to serve.”

Morgan Kennedy, a spokesperson for the group behind the recalls said it is possible that more notices could be issued for other sitting councilors.

“Our answer to that at this time is that we definitely have grievances with other sitting members and nothing is out of the realm of possibility,” Kennedy said.

In terms of serving Morgan in his classroom, Kennedy said the original plan was to serve both Coolidge and Morgan during Tuesday’s City Council meeting but Morgan was not in attendance.

Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs said that while Coolidge’s estimated recall cost of $300,000 per his statement issued Tuesday night was off in terms of being too high, the recall if approved, will still add to the cost of the June primary.

Should the paperwork be approved, Chico Voters will have 90 days to get the signatures of 25 percent of the district’s registered voters. From there, the county will have 30 days to verify the signatures.

Kennedy said the goal is to keep the cost as low as possible.

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