If you've read either the print or online versions of the Hesperia Star you've surely noticed that the recall issue - both pro and con - is heating up.


 


The reason for the renewed attention is the fact that recall proponents have started collecting signatures to get the measure on the ballot. The group, led by spokeswoman Lori Nielson, a former longtime school board member, must collect nearly 7,000 signatures by April 7.


 


Many of those who want the recall proposal to go before a vote of the people are worried that photos taken by Vicki Kirk, wife of School Board President Dr. Robert Kirk, could be used against them. In response to a question posed by Star reporter Beau Yarbrough, Vicki Kirk said the photos won't be used to identify those who have signed the recall petition.


 


On the other side, at least one of the three Hesperia Unified School District board members targeted for recall ' Robert Kirk, Hardy Black and Lee Rogers ' have found a board meeting attendee's poster-board protest sign to be a distraction and perhaps offensive. The sign features photos of board members Bruce Minton and Helen Rogers along with reprints of cartoon images of Kirk, Black and Lee Rogers by occasional Daily Press cartoonist Lisa Benson. As a result, the school district has requested the man stand in a designated area marked with masking tape toward the rear of the room.


 


But this figures to be just the beginning of a very interesting chapter of the school board recall issue.


 


Each side has a secret weapon: A veteran politician who has played key role in past political campaigns. On the anti-recall side is Kirk's son, Mark Kirk, who is chief of staff for San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt. On the pro-recall side is Nielson's father, Russell Blewett, a former Baldwin Park mayor who has successfully represented the interests of the building industry. Not long ago, Blewett was appointed to the county planning commission by First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.


 


Having those two behind the scenes is a lot like having Karl Rove facing off against James Carville. Both are potent political insiders who don't like to lose. Making things even more interesting is the fact that both Mark Kirk and Blewett could seek political office here in Hesperia, so their political futures may be riding on this recall issue.


 


But none of that should necessarily change how the average Hesperia votes, if the measure gets on the ballot. The decision to recall an elected official is a serious issue. Please get informed before making a decision either way.