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Ronald Smith

Let's Talk Reasons

We are recalling California City Councilmember Ronald Smith, who took office in December 2022, for various reasons. 10 reasons to be exact! His term is set to end Dec 2026 and we can't wait another three years for his term to end. Enough has been done already in less than 8 months since taking office.  This is also not Ron's first time as a city councilmember in our city. Below are the reasons he is being recalled.

Reason #1 : Fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for serious ethical violations

Ron's Response: I was fined $200.00 by the FPPC for "Statements of Economic Interest Non-Reporter. FPPC website: Case 2020-00603. I was appointed to Council in 2019 and had never filled out a Form 700 before. Ignorance was not an excuse. The fine was paid.

Substantiating Our Claim On Reason #1:

Exhibit 1: He admitted to this in his response to the Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition he was served. Click below to see his filed responses to the reasons to recall him. His response 1., is this item.

Ron Smith's Response

Our Conclusion: This claim has been substantiated by Ron's admission to this in his filed response to the city clerk, and the copy he provided to one of the proponents.

Reason #2 : Wasteful spending of city funds on things like lawyer bills

Ron's Response: Please attend current Council meetings or watch past archived meetings and you will see this is not a reasonable charge.

Proponent Comment On His Response: Comment Pending...

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Reason #3 : Violating Kern County Grand Jury findings and recommendations

Ron's Response: I have no idea what violations are being referred to.

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Reason #4 : Approving jobs for his cronies, who are unqualified to serve the public

Ron's Response: I voted for the individuals who I believed were the best candidate.

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Reason #5 : Threatening public safety by mismanaging police and fire

Ron's Response: I have sought to protect Public Safety by establishing our budget around them. This is a meritless and preposterous charge.

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Reason #6 : Ignoring the will of the people

Ron's Response: Our community shares their will primarily privately and not publicly. I listen.

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Reason #7 : Lack of transparency

Ron's Response: My principles and positions are very transparent.

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Reason #8 : Rampant hypocrisy and double standards

Ron's Response: I do my best to vote by Principle and not Pragmatically.

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Reason #9 : Gross mismanagement of California City finances by overspending taxpayers’ money

Ron's Response: Not me. I have been called "cheap, miser and hoarder."

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Reason #10 : Subjecting our kids to harm by advocating a damaging ideology and agenda.

Ron's Response: This is insulting and the most spurious charge. I have been a Christian Pastor in our city for more than 32 years. To say that I am "Subjecting our kids to harm by advocating a damaging ideology and agenda." Wow.

Proponent Comment On His Response: Comment Pending...

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