The group hopes to unseat Director Jass Singh in a Nov. 6 recall vote, but it must first take several steps to qualify the measure for the fall ballot. Residents have filed a petition for the recall with San Joaquin County, confirmed Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman.
Erdman also said Singh had submitted his response to the petition.
Once Erdman certifies the petition, he will tell proponents how many signatures they need to gather to put the issue on the ballot. Early estimates suggest they will need more than 700 valid endorsements.
“(It’s a) fairly aggressive timeline to get this done, but to say it could be done — yes, it certainly could be done to put it on the November election,” Erdman said.
Mountain House resident Ron Dillon, who is helping lead the effort, predicted strong support for the recall.
“You really can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting someone who wants to participate and get (Singh) off our board of directors,” Dillon said. “One of the good things about this is it’s getting a lot of people in Mountain House politically active.”
Dillon said the drive was prompted by Singh’s “erratic” behavior, which culminated in a unanimous March 14 censure by the other community services district directors.
Board members Celeste Farron, Jim Lamb and Andy Su went on record that night to say Singh sought bids for community service district contracts without proper approval and wrongly attacked another director.
“He basically accused another board member of illegal activities,” Dillon said this week. “What he was trying to do was accuse Director Andy Su of basically taking money from one of our service providers in exchange for extending their contract, which is absolutely not true at all.”
Dillon, who once worked for Singh and won a Department of Labor settlement after leaving Singh’s employ, said the director was becoming a “tremendous liability.”
“It’s not representative of our politics, or lack thereof, in Mountain House,” he said. “We’re just too small of a town for this.”
Singh responded to questions from the Press this week with an email about a contentious landscaping contract with Valley Crest, which was extended by the board without seeking a new bid by a 4-1 vote Wednesday, April 11, with Singh dissenting. He also discussed the compensation of the district’s paid staff, compensation he said was improperly raised.
He wrote that he was trying to steward the community’s tax dollars and ensure the highest standard of living for Mountain House residents.
“My only objective is to reduce the expenditure on large contracts to have MHCSD financially stable in the bad economy,” he wrote.
Singh also suggested that his efforts might have ruffled other members of the board, and there could be something personal behind the recall.
“The folks in opposition are not the general public,” he wrote. “They are the spouses, relatives, and close friends of the other directors worried about their re-election this fall.”
The seats of Bernice King Tingle, Su and Lamb will all appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Singh and Farron were elected in 2010.
But Mike Klinkner, who was unseated from the board by Singh in 2010 election and supports the recall, insists the recall wasn’t anything personal against the man who once defeated him.
“We want to move forward. We don’t need this,” Klinkner said. “If any board member was acting like he does, we’d have a different name on that recall.”
• Denise Ellen Rizzo contributed to this report.