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Pinole recall flap hits Contra Costa Dems

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 7:10 pm in Contra Costa politics.

Contra Costa Times reporter Tom Lochner has posted a story this afternoon detailing a fracas related to the Pinole recall and a meeting of the county Democratic Party.

Click her to read the the story, but here is a portion of yet another story in the political saga that has hit Pinole in recent months as residents seek to recall two councilmembers:

Two Pinole City Council members fighting recall have received the endorsement of the county Democratic Party, but a member of the party’s executive committee says a resolution supporting the recall targets was “railroaded through.”

“I feel that there was insufficient notice of this resolution,” said Rich Verrilli, who also is editor of the Contra Costa County Democratic Party central committee’s newsletter, Democratic Dispatch.

The agenda for Thursday night’s party meeting only noted that Pinole Mayor Maria Alegria would attend, not that there would be a vote on a resolution.

“We never got into a detailed discussion of why the recall came about,” Verrilli said Friday.

Alegria, who faces a recall election Feb. 5 along with Councilman Stephen Tilton, said in an e-mail Friday that she is grateful for the party’s support.

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