Riverbank council recalls fail for lack of support

RIVERBANK -- The recall effort against City Council members Dave White and Jesse James White is over.

Riverbank Citizens for Fair Change needed to hand in 2,247 signatures by 5 p.m. today, but the group had collected only 1,800 by Wednesday and is giving up, said organizer Sergio Lopez.

"The people have spoken," said Dave White. "The people are not unhappy. If they were unhappy, they would have signed (the recall petition)."

Jesse James White could not be reached for comment. Dave White is Jesse James White's grandfather.

Lopez said the recall failed in part because of an opposing campaign that confused voters. The anti-recall group, Citizens of Riverbank, mailed fliers and set up two Web sites.