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Petition drive under way to recall NLV mayor


Leila Navidi

North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck at City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

Rally to Recall NLV Mayor Buck

Residents hold up signs to motorists passing on Civic Center Drive urging the recall of North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck as they protest in front of the North Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Residents seek to recall North Las Vegas mayor

KSNV reports on a petition initiative to recall North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck, Sept. 7, 2011.

Disgruntled voters crowded the steps at North Las Vegas City Hall on Wednesday night to sign a petition to recall Mayor Shari Buck.

A group set up three tables outside City Hall, where a special meeting was being held at 5:30 p.m., and collected about 50 signatures in the first hour. The committee to recall the mayor plans to continue petitioning door-to-door.

The group has 90 days to obtain 2,466 signatures to recall Buck, who was elected in 2009 is halfway into her four-year term. The signatures must come from North Las Vegas residents who voted in the 2009 mayoral race.

Jacquelyn Isbach, who did not vote for Buck, was the fourth person to sign the petition.

“I mainly didn’t like the fact that we built a new City Hall in these bad economic times and the fact that (Buck) then decorated her office, which isn’t going to be her office by the end of the year,” Isbach said. “It’s not right at all.”

According to city spokeswoman Juliet Casey, the mayor’s office had a little more than $3,000 work done. Buck’s office was painted, her desk and electrical system were adjusted, columns were constructed and she received a new chair. Casey said the office hadn’t been painted in more than a decade.

William Robinson II also signed the recall petition. His father served on the Council for more than 25 years and ran against Buck for mayor.

“The city is going under,” Robinson said. “We need somebody in that has got the city’s best interest at hand and not their own personal interest.”

Some signing the petition cited the new City Hall as a reason to recall the mayor. Others said it was her strong backing of the police and fire unions.

Buck said she didn’t understand the reasoning behind the recall effort.

“I had to balance the budget and I’m working hard on moving us forward,” she said. “Their reasons are a little bit ridiculous to me.”

She said she will keep as many police and firefighters as she can to keep citizens safe.

The group must have all 2,466 valid signatures by December.

The effort to oust Buck started when three residents, James Olive, Cherlynn Thomas and Scott Sauer, filed an intent to petition. Sauer, however, did not vote in the 2009 mayoral election, so three voters refiled the paperwork Wednesday in advance of the special council meeting.

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  1. Mayor Buck spent money on an office that was fine for the previous Mayor. $3,000 or $300 is not the point. The money was spent when NLV is BROKE. The new City Hall will be occupied in December. The paint and electrical could be done in house. After laying off or losing 40% of staff there has to be some extra chairs. So the columns cost $3,000.

  2. Sounds like a bunch of sore losers pushing this campaign. I would think that the new city hall was approved well before Buck became mayor. Yes, she was on the city council that approved the construction of the new city hall but so was her opponent. People involved in this recall should spend their time helping the homeless or some other worthy cause.

  3. It's time for Mayor Buck to go. She has failed to provide the city any sort of leadership since she took office. As a City Councilwoman, she approved the current contracts that are killing the City. She allowed the City Manager to rewrite his own contract, including a lucrative Golden Parachute. She voted to spend the money for the new City Hall and allowed construction to begin in a down economy.

    When it proved that her hand-picked City Manager was not actually managing the city (and in fact, had mismanaged the More Cops funds), she actually voted to let him keep his job!

    She sat pensively on the dais for the first two years and first three rounds of budget cuts. She offered no pro-active solutions and did nothing to build a consensus plan to put the City on the track of long-term fiscal health.

    The solution voted on last night is only a band-aid. They'll have to go back to all of the unions in a couple of months for more concessions. You know Mayor Buck - if you would have shown a scintilla of leadership in these tough times, you could have been a rock star. Instead, you are more like a third-tier groupie.

  4. I am in strong support of this recall, and will sign the petition as soon as I can. I actually voted for Buck,but realized after meeting Cherchio that he was the kind of person that should be at the leadership table in NLV, not Buck And Buck went out and supported an empty suit in Wade Wagner, and was able,with support from the police and firemen's unions to barely beat Cherchio by one contested vote. This was so outragious, that there is never anyway that I can support Buck's selfserving agenda. I really don't care that she got her office spruced up at the time. But her political behavior and decisions to protect the police and firemen who are a heavy financial burden on the backs of the City, while she closes a senior centor and thumbs her nose at the residents of NLV is intolerable. Buck must go, and the sooner the better.