AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe public action group Montebello Citizens for Honest Government gathered 6,717 signatures, of which 5,028 were verified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. At least 4,413 were needed, which is 20 percent of the city’s 23,563 registered voters. The recall election will cost the city about $90,000, said Deputy City Clerk Lillian Guzman. “There will be 11 polling places and the results will be tabulated and given at the council chambers election night,” she said. “The public is welcome.” She also said the city clerk’s office has been notified by residents confused about the election. MONTEBELLO – Voters will go to the polls a week from today to decide whether City Councilman Jeff Siccama loses his seat on the panel. Those seeking to take his place are Leo Rodriguez, who ran in the November council election, and Mary Anne Saucedo, a former councilwoman and city clerk. The effort to recall Siccama, a first-term councilman, was started earlier this year by residents who felt he helped block them from having the final say on whether fire and police services should be under the control of the city or the county. He said the recall is an effort by those behind it to “hijack local government.” “They want to know why they received another sample ballot when we just had an election in November,” Guzman said. Siccama, 46, agreed there is a sense of confusion among Montebello residents. “While out campaigning,” he said, “a lot of people have asked why they have to vote again.” During this last week of campaigning, Siccama said he will continue going door-to-door and making phone calls to let people know where he stands on the issue. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” he said. “I just want my message to get across so voters can read through the smokescreen.” He said he and former council members Norma Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell never intended to disband either the police or fire departments. “We voted to conduct a survey to find out if going county would be a savings for the city,” he said. Lopez-Reid and Bagwell lost by a large margin to Robert Urteaga and Kathy Salazar, who’ve been sworn into office. Siccama, who was elected in November 2005 and is a manager of an Alhambra towing and transport company, said he thinks the voter turnout may be light because of the confusion. No matter, he is optimistic he will prevail. “I have confidence people will see that I have done a good job in my two years on the council, and they will vote to keep me in office,” Siccama said. He will be recalled if a simple majority votes for his ouster – 50 percent plus one. “I am sad that the community has to go through this recall election,” said Saucedo, 65. She said she was asked to run by members of the community to bring stability back to city government. Rodriguez, in his candidate’s statement in the sample ballot, called himself a 35-year resident who wants to repay the city by offering 25 years worth of municipal administration leadership and 35 years of volunteer work to the job. “I am not a career politician,” said Rodriguez, a Vietnam War veteran. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!