Recall effort for Lake County sheriff misses Nov. 5 ballot

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    PC: Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero walks along Main Street in Lakeport, California on June 29, 2012. Rivero has been a lightning rod for controversy since he was elected in 2010. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

The deadline for placing a recall measure on the Nov. 5 ballot against embattled Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero came and went Tuesday.

But his critics still expect to get enough signatures by Aug. 15, the signature gathering deadline, to hold a special election for the recall effort.

"They're still coming in," Lake County Supervisor Rob Brown said of the signatures.

Rivero said that's just more bravado from a group that weeks ago said it nearly had sufficient signatures — 7,026 valid ones are needed — to take the recall to voters.

"They've been pushing that number around for awhile," he said. "Good luck on that one."

A second recall effort led by Rivero supporters against Brown has yet to make it to the signature gathering stage, according to the Lake County Registrar of Voters office.

Brown said nearly 8,000 recall signatures have been gathered, but his group wants to ensure they have plenty to make up for the inevitability that some will be discarded by the the registrar's office as invalid.

If sufficient signatures are gathered by Aug. 15, an election would be held in about three to five months, depending on how long it takes to validate the signatures. The registrar has 30 business days to complete that task.

While the recall group had hoped to avoid a special election, it will be worth the cost to get rid of Rivero, Brown said. Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley estimates the cost at over $90,000.

"We have to get rid of this guy," Brown said.

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