Big news: The Hesperia Star made the John & Ken radio show on KFI radio last week. It turns out someone on the show, either John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou or the show's producer Ray Lopez, read a story I had written about Assemblyman Anthony Adams and his take on the drive to recall him. I still haven't heard the segment, although I am a regular KFI listener, but I've been told John makes fun of our newspaper's name, the Star, and mentions my name several times.


"I almost drove off the road," a family member wrote on my Facebook wall about when she heard the duo mention my article and name.


The next day, John and Ken interviewed Mike Schroeder, a former GOP state chairman who presided over the effort to recall Adams.


According to Kobylt, a shockingly large amount of signatures, about 60 percent, were invalid. While the movement got some 58,000 signatures, they had less than the necessary 35,000 valid signatures to put the recall on the ballot. Interestingly, signatures from San Bernardino County Adams' gerrymandered district also serves Los Angeles County had an invalidity rate of almost 67 percent, he said.


When questioned by Kobylt, Schroeder answered, "We're not sure yet. We're pretty stunned by this."


Schroeder, an attorney, added that the contract with a signature gathering firm guaranteed a validity rate of 70 percent, and the recall organizers were seeing a rate of about 72 percent, well over the guaranteed figure.


"I've done this a long time, and I've never ever seen anything like this occur where you have a validity rate of 40 percent," Schroeder said.


Schroeder, who said his organization is considering refunding donations to the Recall Adams movement, is trying to find out what happened. He's expecting to go to the San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office and review all of the signatures the ROV cited as invalid.


Meanwhile, Adams, who lives in Hesperia when he's not in Sacramento, certainly has something special to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.