After announcing their intentions months ago, proponents of a drive to recall three school board members have hit the streets to collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot. The group needs to collect the signatures of 6,919 -- or 20 percent -- of the 34,596 registered voters living in the Hesperia Unified School District.

Recall proponent Lori Nielson, a former school board member, was seen with a recall petition in front of a local Stater Bros. grocery store last Saturday. The group is expected to expand its drive to other Hesperia locations.

If the issue makes it to the ballot, voters will have the opportunity to recall one, two or all three of the school board members who were served with recall petitions late last year. Those three are Hardy Black, Lee Rogers and Robert Kirk.

On Nov. 7, 2006, voters elected the three, rejecting the re-election bids of Eric Swanson and Nellie Gogley. Kirk was the top vote-getter with 8,057 votes.

If recall proponents collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot, Hesperia voters should be reminded to closely study the issues, look at the criticisms, and make their determination with careful thought before entering their polling places. Recalling elected school officials is provided by state law; however, it is not to be done casually.

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City Council meetings are often dry affairs, but last week's meeting at City Hall was certainly an exception. It was truly standing-room-only when the Council presented a commendation to members of the Trojan Micros and Junior Pee Wee teams, which won coveted conference championships in December.

"Who helped you?" Councilwoman Rita Vogler asked the players. "There are people out there that you don't even know that helped you. People who care about you, who have been looking out for you and encouraging you to do the ultimate best."

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You might have noticed that work is underway behind City Hall. Earth movers were out there in force to officially begin the construction of Hesperia Civic Green, which will also be known as Civic Center Park.

Judging from an artist's rendering provided by the City, the facility is going to be wonderful. When it's completed, the park will be a magnet that will attract not only Hesperia residents but visitors from around the Victor Valley.

And mark your calendars for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28 when the city will host a community celebration to recognize the city's 20th anniversary.