Even as Hesperia school board member Anthony Riley vies for the Republican nomination for the assembly seat being vacated by Anthony Adams, he's experiencing pushback.


"No on Riley" signs that describe the Republican politician as a "radical liberal" have sprung up alongside his signs throughout the city this week and Hesperia city councilman Paul Bosacki has signed a petition to recall Riley from the school board.


"I don't care for Anthony Riley," Bosacki said Friday. "He's Mark Kirk's boy. He's the right-hand guy of Mark Kirk."


Kirk, the son of school board member Robert Kirk, is a former Hesperia city council candidate and the chief of staff for San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt.


"Riley hasn't done anything on the school board. ... I think Kirk will be looking to get out of the county deal and go be chief of staff for Anthony Riley," should he be elected, Bosacki said. "I signed the one on Anthony Adams, too. It's not any big issue to me."


"I don't even know Paul," Riley said Friday. "It's kind of sad. I wish he had, you know, before blindly signed something, had sat down and talked to me. I've been in contact with other council members."


Bosacki signed the petition after the April 20 city council meeting. The recall effort was started by Apple Valley resident E.T. Snell, who may be best known for speaking before the Hesperia Unified School District School Board and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in a clown costume.


"I told Snell that this was as a [member of the public]," said Bosacki. "I don't represent the Hesperia City Council, not anyone else."


One thing Bosacki and Riley both agree on is their assessment of the recall effort's chances.


"[Snell has] had recalls on everybody. He's had recalls on [former Hesperia city councilman Tad] Honeycutt and [former county assessor Bill] Postmus," said Bosacki. "The guy has to do something, you know, significant, and even then it's a long shot. I mean, look at Adams. Those guys [attempting to recall him] came out of Orange County with a lot of money ... and it didn't even qualify."


"He has done this before, to a variety of elected officials," said Riley. "Not only has E.T. shown up at school board meetings, dressed in his clown outfit ... he's also showed up at Azusa Pacific [University], where I was basically doing a private interview with the LA [Republican] Central Committee [and yelled] at me, degrading me in the hallway.


"Then he showed up at a fundraiser I was having on Tuesday, and he was videotaping my guests as they were coming in."


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star