For one group of Hesperians, the fire that seemed to stop well clear of here certainly left its mark. Due to fire-related road closures, the group seeking to recall three members of the school district's board of trustees has had to begin from scratch.

Will the false-start aid the would-be recallers or those board members under fire, Robert Kirk, Hardy Black and Lee Rogers? The pro-recall side benefited by including more current information. The three board members, on the hand, will be able to create new responses.

Although not an impossibility, a recall is no easy task. First the recall proponents would have to gather nearly 7,000 signatures in order to get it on the ballot. A special would be held next year, if the signatures, which amounts to 20 percent of registered voters living in the HUSD, are obtained.

It should be an interesting few months ahead.

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With a March 14, 2008 court date set, it appears that City Councilman Tad Honeycutt can concentrate on city business while defense attorneys Grover Leon Porter and Riverside attorney Steven Harmon pour over thousands of documents. Officials for California Charter Academy and its for-profit subsidiary Everything For Schools, which Honeycutt headed, are accused of misusing $23 million.

With several of Honeycutt's fellow councilmembers calling for him to step down, it's doubtful he could work out a plan to similar to one suggested by embattled Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who last week was indicted on federal charges. Carona is attempting to devise a plan where he could hold onto his job while stepping away from day-to-day duties.

(Would the California Family Rights Act allow for a leave of absence while one prepares a court case following a criminal indictment? Probably not.)

But it appears Honeycutt will be able to hold onto his position for the time being. But it's anyone's guess if he can continue juggling his civic and personal lives when the CCA court case finally gets going next spring.