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6/17/2010 10:02:00 PM
Blair recall effort restarts this week
Cindy Barks
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - While the recall effort on City Councilman Steve Blair apparently had a false start, the effort's leader said it was back on track Thursday.

Barbara Braswell, who filed the initial paperwork, was back at City Hall on Thursday to complete the recall registration process, making the effort official.

Braswell reported that petition circulators initially collected about 250 signatures during the week of June 7, but those signatures are invalid because the recall committee had not correctly completed its paperwork.

City Clerk Elizabeth Burke, who was out of the office on June 8 when Braswell filed the initial paperwork, said she let Braswell know the next day that the paperwork was incorrect.

Burke added that any signatures the group had collected to-date would be invalid.

Braswell agreed, and said the committee plans to start over on the petition gathering this weekend.

"It turns out I forgot to sign (the paperwork) in one place, and we needed a treasurer," Braswell said. Since then, the committee has organized more fully, she said, and is ready to begin collecting signatures again.

Burke confirmed Thursday afternoon that Braswell had filed the new recall paperwork, including the application for a serial number and the statement of organization.

But even as the recall committee members are gearing up to begin collecting signatures in downtown Prescott on Saturday, Braswell said they are proposing two other options, which could avoid the recall.

The first is a request that Blair attend "diversity training," and apologize to the children involved in the Miller Valley mural. Braswell said she also plans to ask the City Council to make sure those steps occur.

The other alternative is that Blair resign from his position on the City Council.

"We don't want to do a recall," Braswell said, noting that either of the other courses could avoid the recall election.

Braswell said she plans to have an informational recall website up online by sometime this morning, after which she will release the domain address. In the meantime, she directed inquiries about the recall to the email address at

Blair could not be reached for comment Wednesday or Thursday.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010
Article comment by: Rock Lobster

Larry, your opinion is totally uninformed. Read up on:
1. Where the mural's grant came from
2. What necessary qualifications a person must have before they can initiate a recall
3. The approval process that the design of the mural went through
4. Blair's rich history with regards to saying stupid things
When you actually know what you're talking about, you really can do a better job talking about it.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010
Article comment by: Larry Worth

Steve has done more for Prescott than any of those angry liberals. His is a native son, versus the California liberals who came here to implement what they did in their homestate.
He has served on the council 3 times at 4 years each, served on the planning commision and the park & rec dept. Also on the zoning commission.
How many of the recall proponents have done anything constructive for Prescott?
We pass a 1 cent tax to support teachers who are buying supplies for their students out of their own pockets, then we spend 5,500 dollars of taxpayer money for the mural ?? Any idea how much revenue must be generated for a 1 cent tax to equate to $5,500 ?
And, the mural displays zero as for safe passage to school.
And it is totally irresponsible to have a controversial subject at the busiest intersection in Prescott. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010
Article comment by: Kurt Womack

Is there a "Sandblast The Mural" campaign with private donations started yet?
This special recall election is an abuse of the taxpayers, just can't wait to vote him out when the time comes. Perfect example of Leftist's love for spending other people's money.
This mural has FAILED to create harmony in this community (favorite word of the Left). This recall campaign will only exacerbate it, not fix it.

Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010
Article comment by: Marie Sylvester

I support the recall because I believe Mr. Blair has poor judgment and does not represent the majority of Prescott residents.

No one has infringed on Mr. Blair's First Amendment right to free speech. But as a public official, he is accountable to the public.

Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Article comment by: We wil never be satisfied

Like I said in my previous post, diversity training is only the beginning. It doesn't end there, it only starts there. Just like it won't end with Steve. It will be a big step if Steve agrees. A big step for us too, since the rest will be so easy after that. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you call someone a racist or a bigot. I will give credit to Steve though, most would cave after that alone. No problem, We just made it all about the children too.
Peace and Love...

Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Article comment by: Bob Lob Law

You guys if this is how Barbra wants to spend her time let her no one will force to you sign anything. I'm sure she is doing what she feels to be right and just and noble. Personally I find her plight annoying and tiresome and I don't see what it will really accomplish its all a form of chest thumping.

Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Article comment by: mtn girl

I will sign the petition because Steve Blair should no longer represent Prescott as a City council member, especially after his latest remarks, which have NOT turned out to be a "nonsensical" issue. He has hurt many people in this town, especially the kids pictured in the mural, as a result of his disparaging and downright racist comments - sorry Steve, please resign, as I do not see you going to any kind of sensitivity (or diversity) training. Look at it this way: you can take your job back from Mr. Terry Lovell and pontificate about whatever comes to your fancy, on air. Same difference...

Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Article comment by: The recall is doomed

The recall effort will never even qualify for the ballot. The threshold is way to high. Mr. Blair has not abused his office. So he said something that the Mural Mice did not like... There is no way that 3,000 people are going to sign a recall petition.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: My Burdened View

I most definitely did not vote to put Blair back on the city council. While I don't know him personally, I generally do not like his public persona and most usually like his public statements and positions. I even chuckle over his political stupidity in getting himself is such a controversy. However, I would never sign this petition for recall. Of all the reasons to recall Steve Blair, this is not one of them. This is a hatched-up controversy created by a rather small group of people (an maybe some outsiders) who apparently feel compelled to push a special-interest agenda in an attempt disturb an otherwise peaceful live-and-let-live community. Just because of the issue and the people behind the petition, I will not sign it. I urge the voters of Prescott to stand up and refuse to be manipulated by a bunch of radicals into a costly recall election over a nonsensical issue.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Abbey Law

Honker: Read the article:
"In the meantime, she directed inquiries about the recall to the email address at"
Your welcome.
Parker: Thank you for being fair. I appreciate your thought provoking comments.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: honky brujo

Where can I find one of those recall petitions?

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Parker Anderson

I have never been a supporter of Steve Blair, nor have I ever agreed with much he has said. Still, I am generally opposing the recall. Why? It is probably good Steve Blair is no longer on the air I would hope that he finishes his Council term quietly and decides not to stand for re-election. But recall? That is a tool that should be used only in the most extreme cases---somehow, saying something really stupid does not qualify in my book. The mural is a good thing that so many people think it offensive is astounding to me. But regardless of what side your on, this issue should have been yesterday's news long ago.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: J T

Thanks Tom. Here's something else that should be of interest to the people. Some 27 pages of various protests all connected to the UUC. You'll see Barbara's name there too. Makes you wonder if it was ever really about Steve, and when will ever end?

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: The Real Write Wing Conservative

@Attentive Listener
Actually yes it was purposeful. Ya see, if this band of left-wingers actually want to speak, I will listen, but using our tax dollars and resources because they want to silence those of us who think Blair and anyone else for that matter does not have a right to a free exchange of ideas are just plain wrong. I'm cognizant that the left-wingers at the Courier do their best to stiffle (censor) our disgust with these (people), free speech will prevail. Remember that those of us who don't agree must be racist, bigots, or .... The mural is ugly, out of place for the community, stupid, and I think a waste of our tax dollars. Personally, I don't care what color the kids are, the mural is just plain wrong. If this band of left-wing friends waste our resources, they will be asked to leave our community. Otherwise they are free to voice an opinion at any time.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Tom Bowden

I would suggest that people google Barbara Braswell+Unitarian Church and inform themselves of the all the facts related to this proposed recall.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Scotty G.

I would suggest, instead of running petitions to recall Mr. Blair, that Ms. Braswell circulate petitions to get her own name on the ballot for Prescott City Council. Instead of expending all this time & effort to remove someone from the Council, why don't you get some guts, and actually run for a seat on the council yourself? I dare ya. I double-dog dare ya! Could these people take the heat?

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

@Write Wing Conservative- You said "when the recall fails (miserably) that Braswell and her (friends) better be prepared to leave town... Wasting our time & resources will not be excused."
And then, almost in the same breath, you told us that "free speech is alive & well".
Hilarious! That had to be intentional, right?

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Hon Mex

If you think what Mr. Blair said on the radio is just a private citizen airing his opinion, you might want to read this column from a San Diego newspaper -
Get a grip Az - we are not moving in a positive direction.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Rock Lobster

Carla - you are obviously incorrect that we must wait until the next election to remove an official. The means to remove him via a recall are written into the laws by which this city functions. If you dislike those laws, feel free to try and get them changed. If enough signatures are gathered to show that the public might have something it wants to say, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY IT.
If you think the rest of the congress should also be recalled, that is your right- better start collecting signatures.
Big Brother- Some folks just love to paint everyone else as the "extremists", when it is they themselves who hold the extreme views. Can you name me one time in history where making public statements that gave offense to large portions of the public would not lose you a job?

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: The Real Write Wing Conservative

All I can say is when the recall fails (miserably) that Braswell and her (friends) better be prepared to leave town. I don't think she'll be able to show her face in public. Wasting our time & resources will not be excused. I hate to tell you that free speech is alive & well & Blair only stated what most of us rational people were thinking anyway. Let's see if all the transplants with their nutty ideas can pull this off in a conservative community.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: As Expected

Ah, it's the liberals banging on their high chairs again. People aren't doing and saying exactly what they want, so of course it's time for a tantrum. I'm just surprised that they didn't try to somehow keep the 250 invalid signatures...

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: MORRIS BEECHER

What has happened to our FREE SPEECH?
Is it taken away, because we are in public office, or work for someone with a difference of opinion?
I am not fond of the mural, and think it is "ghetto like", and not suitable for a historic bldg. To me it does not reflect this community.
Has anyone considered the artist? We all see things differently, maybe he/she sees our community this way....Someone else may have painted it differently....
It isn't just for my judgment, others may enjoy it....
Stop fussing and BLAMING...If you don't like it don't look at it.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: Raoul Duke

I've seen Steve Blair's attempt at an apologizing and I've heard the way he speaks and you really want someone like him speaking to children? He's gotten enough attention off of their suffering, let the children be. Let's just recall him and move forward.

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: F.O. S.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH. This whole effort is the most disgusting thing to me. Barbara you are no better than the paparazzi!!!! ... person who has nothing better to do than to invade another's life and livelihood .... I encourage u to run for a council seat, than our community as a whole can make a choice whether we support you and your ideals. GOOD LUCK!

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010
Article comment by: We will never be satisfied

The "avoid recall" proposal to include diversity training amongst other productive and community-healing steps is a proposal that emphasizes restorative justice and allows our community to move from an anti-Blair dialogue to a pro-diversity one. I don't know that Blair is willing to take this step--it's a big one. More likely he will resign when he realizes we will have little difficulty collecting the number of signatures needed. But if he and the council were willing to work toward healing the damage that has been done to our community, I believe this would be an amazing new day, and I support the idea. Restorative justice and community building should always be our focus. I hope we can all work together to promote true harmony in Prescott.

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