SAN BERNARDINO ( — A group of community residents and business leaders in San Bernardino launched an effort Thursday to recall the city’s mayor and other top officials.

San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government (SBRRG) has submitted a Notice of Intent to Circulate a Recall Petition on all members of the San Bernardino City Council, Mayor Patrick Morris and City Attorney James Penman.

The group describes itself as “a committee of concerned residents, business owners and community leaders who believe that replacing the City’s failed leadership is the important first step to unifying and restoring San Bernardino.”

Representatives say they hope to gather a sufficient number of signatures of registered voter to qualify a recall on the November 5 city-wide ballot.

San Bernardino became the third major California city after Stockton and Mammoth Lakes to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in August.

Councilman John Valdivia defended his public service and told the Associated Press his reaction to the recall effort: “Bring it on.”

Local business owner and the Committee’s Responsible Officer Scott Beard were scheduled to be joined by various citizen leaders and business owners at a press conference at City Hall.

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