Effort to remove District 6 City Councilman Steve Madison fails
By André Coleman 07/10/2013
City Clerk Mark Jomsky told the Weekly that the effort to recall District 6 City Councilman Steve Madison is officially over.
Madison drew the ire of residents living around the Rose Bowl when he voted to extend the annual number of events allowed at the stadium from eight to 13. Madison also voted to approve a $300,000 environmental impact report studying the impacts of an NFL team playing temporarily in the Rose Bowl.
Residents living in that area have long opposed any use of the stadium by the league, fearing the increased car trips, noise and pollution would disturb the quiet Arroyo Seco neighborhoods that surround the stadium.
The two votes potentially cleared the way for an NFL team to play in the stadium temporarily while a stadium is being built in Los Angeles.
According to city officials, a deal between the Rose Bowl and the NFL could rake in as much $10 million a year. The 91-year old stadium has cost the city nearly $200 million to renovate.
“They left me one message after we gave them approval for the petition,” Jomsky told the Weekly. “Other than that, we didn’t hear from them.”
Madison did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story.
Recall proponents had 120 days from March 1 to collect the 2,866 necessary signatures to get the recall on a special election. After the July 1 deadline passed, Jomsky sent longtime District 6 resident Mike Vogler, head of the recall drive, a letter informing him that the recall petition was no longer valid.
“In compliance with the election the time to submit signatures has expired and the recall petition is no longer valid,” the letter read.
The same group threatened a recall drive against Madison in 2005, when the City Council was deadlocked on a motion to enter into negotiations for a permanent NFL team. Madison was the deciding vote against those negotiations. Then-District 3 Councilman Chris Holden pushed to place the issue on the ballot. The ballot measure was defeated by 85 percent of the vote.