published Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Chattanooga: Election Commission says mayoral recall can proceed; Littlefield considers challenge

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    Staff Photo by Patrick Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield speaks during a meeting with the Times Free Press editorial board on Monday. Mr. Littlefield discussed several topics, including stormwater fees, property taxes and annexation.

Do you think Mayor Littlefield should be recalled?

The Hamilton County Election Commission voted this morning to certify a recall petition for Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield.

The commission voted 2-1 to certify the recall. Commission member James Anderson abstained.

Littlefield attorney Hall North said, “We’ll consider asking the Court of Appeals to enjoin the action the Election Commission has taken and perhaps seek contempt.”

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ChattanoogaVol said...

Time for another Littlefield legal fee fundrasier....

November 17, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
manlyman said...

By the time all this plays out, Littlefield's term will be up!

November 17, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
jesse said...

then it might serve as a HEADS UP for the next mayor and the next city council!

woulda been nice if they had included every elected official in city gov!!send them ALL packing!


November 17, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.
shen said...

I hope all those from the black community who originally signed that petition by now realize these recall individuals are made up of some of the very same people who wanted them and the homeless removed from the city to make way for them and their suburban friends and family return. They actually turned against the mayor when he didn't go along to get along with their plans to brutally gentrify the city.

Some people will put their signature to anything without first checking out the facts.

November 17, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.
fairmon said...

Littlefield should do the honorable thing and resign. Too bad the entire council is not included. It is really irritating when they refer to the increas in property taxes, sewer and storm water fees and other fees as a modest increase. A 19% increase, not including the EPB and TAWC increases is not modest. They adversely affected business profits or forced them to charge people more and reduced spendable money for citizens. The city government owns and subsidizes businesses that unfairly compete with private businesses. They fail to make public the future unfunded liabilities which is enough to scare the bee jeebies out of tax payers. They are inundated with high paying non-producing administrative positions. We simply can't do without the $2 million plus arts and crafts monstrosities around the city plus we must have a blue rhino. How many fire and police personnel would those misdirected funds pay for?

November 17, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

History of The Recall of Mayor Ron Littlefield:

When the avenues for public participation are shut down and the citizens are shut out, there are those who will say “you can’t fight City Hall.” Chattanooga Organized for Action knows better.

The summer of 2010 saw the City of Chattanooga in a political uproar. Ron Littlefield, entering his last term as Mayor, had written a harsh budget balanced on the backs of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. With a proposed 33% property tax hike guaranteed to make rents and mortgages climb even higher in the midst of the Great Recession, citizens from across the entire political spectrum demanded accountability and answers, but citizens’ questions were met with silence. The Littlefield Administration exhibited outright disdain for demands of transparency. The Chairman of the Chattanooga City Council harshly shut down citizens trying to speak at Council meetings with the words “we don’t have to listen to anybody!”

The grassroots people of Chattanooga sprung up in active resistance. They decided to do the unthinkable – force the democratic removal of Mayor Ron Littlefield.

Moving from protests at City Hall to the streets of Chattanooga’s communities, members of the newly-formed Chattanooga Organized for Action allied with individuals and organizations from all across the political spectrum to form a truly post-partisan coalition to force change and begin a push for real grassroots democracy. From college students to city workers, from businessmen to the clergy, the everyday people of Chattanooga decided to take action and educate themselves in the democratic methods of change in order to accomplish their goal: the Recall of Mayor Ron Littlefield.

Armed with petitions, clipboards and pens and with only their singular determination to guide them, a massive volunteer team took to the streets and entered the pages of Chattanooga history.

November 17, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

What started as the sighs of exhaustion and frustration with an unaccountable government soon became the biggest grassroots volunteer effort ever co-ordinated in our city’s history. With little to no knowledge in the methods of canvasing, meeting facilitation or volunteer training, hundreds of Chattanoogans gathered 15,559 signatures in less than 60 days, getting the agreement of over 1 out of every 10 city residents that Chattanooga deserved change. Despite the malicious attacks by the Mayor against ordinary citizens leading the effort and despite the patronizing warnings of the city’s only newspaper to not sign the petition, the all volunteer effort gathered thousands of signatures weekly. With less than three days remaining until the petition deadline, members of Chattanooga Organized for Action turned in the final amount of signatures needed to force the first recall election in Chattanooga’s history.

In a desperate attempt to hold on to power, Mayor Littlefield “lawyered-up” and took the voters of Chattanooga to court. The case, heard in Hamilton County’s Circuit Court, was cited as being one of the most important trials in Chattanooga history. In a stunning denial of the rights of ordinary citizens, Judge Jeff Hollingsworth threw the recall petition out and allowed for Mayor Ron Littlefield to stay in office.

While Littlefield was temporarily successful in winning a court order to stop the election, the case went to the Tennessee Court of Appeal in Knoxville. There, the Appeals Court sided with the grassroots citizens of Chattanooga.

Led by Chattanooga Organized for Action, the history of our city will never be the same.

November 17, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.
shen said...

We simply can't do without the $2 million plus arts and crafts monstrosities around the city plus we must have a blue rhino.How many fire and police personnel would those misdirected funds pay for?

@Bold print. Not by much. As those arts monstrosities are primarily privately funded, and the city to match.

How many more fire and police do you think is really needed? With fireman getting caught with porn on their computers and police sitting in parked cars on a street corner yapping away on their cells and playing on their in-car computers, they already have more than enough fireman and police with too much down time on their hands.

Finally, to top that, then you have Count EMTs, funded by city dwellers paying county property taxes, fondling unconcious patients in transport and taking pictures of their body parts to, no doubt, pass along to their equally perverted, predatory friends in and out of the field.

November 17, 2011 at 1:37 p.m.
jesse said...

seems strange to me that every time something like this comes up some pro littlefield,paul page or judge stern advocate youve never seen on here before shows up and makes a post or two and rides off into the sunset never to be heard again!!

November 17, 2011 at 1:37 p.m.
littlebrains said...

if this man was running any kind of business or corporation he would have been gone a long time ago. they would have been broke and unable to continue in business...but littlebrains just ups property taxes and fees and cuts out services or in the case of the school system just gave it all to the county to run because they were incapable of funding it... but to all you recallers out there im not sure if you want to do this.. if he is recalled then he doesnt finish his second term and CAN RUN AGAIN!! so lets rethink this--

November 17, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
klugermann said...

Shen - I signed the petition and support the recall and it has nothing to do with any desire to gentrify the city. I signed because I believe the Littlefield adminstration is corrupt. I've felt that way ever since Littlefield appointed Dan Johnson as his Chief of Staff in 2005 after Dan exited his own campaign and threw his support over to Ron. Dan makes $123,300. I also have a problem with Ron appointing Ward Crutchfield's daughter, Missy, as our "Administrator of City Education, Arts & Culture". Missy makes $123,300. (Ward admitted to taking $3,000 from an FBI undercover operative in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.) Ron has been involved in shady land deals throughout his years in office. He also coddled Paul Page, even after charges of sexual harassment were documented against the City administrator. Not sure about the 'gentrification' charges you're referring to - not sure I care. The grievances listed above are enough for me.

November 17, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
klugermann said...

Correction: Missy makes $106,556, not $123,300. Thought I'd better correct this myself before anyone jumps on me.

November 17, 2011 at 2:44 p.m.
fairmon said...

shen said......

As those arts monstrosities are primarily privately funded, and the city to match.

The city to match...why? You are quick to point out the failure of a few to smear the majority in the fire and protection entity. Do we need more? Apparently we do since the city council prostituted themselves to the federal government for a grant to fund more personnel. The city (tax payer) picks up the cost when the grant money is gone. One brilliant council member stated we can "find" the money when we have to pay for them.

November 17, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.
Emersization said...

I wonder why Mayor Littlefield refuses to be my friend on Facebook?

November 17, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
fairmon said...

klugermann said... Correction: Missy makes $106,556, not $123,300. Thought I'd better correct this myself before anyone jumps on me.

Add to that various perks and benefits. The actual cost may be in the $135-140,000 dollar range. I assume the mayor and council has done a cost benefit analysis and concluded the return on the cost of this department justifies it?

November 17, 2011 at 4:58 p.m.
fedup350 said...

To shen : 1. what?? This has nothing to do with race. Where in the world do you get that?? This man is morally corrupt and his every move is dictated by spite, vindictiveness or greed. He has not made one positive contribution to this City since becoming mayor.

  1. Those monstrosities mislabeled as "art" are paid for with tax dollars. Are you that ignorant that you didn’t see where the $32,000 for the blue rhino came from? The "Art" division created by Littlefield and run by Missy Crutchfield has an operating budget close to a million dollars. Taxpayer’s dollars. You are either a flat out liar or are the most uninformed poster on here.

  2. I think you are actually a Littlefield crony (bought and paid for). Wonder why you are the only poster on here that is against the recall??

November 17, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
mymy said...

fedup350 said...Think you are actually a Littlefield crony (bought and paid for). Wonder why you are the only poster on here that is against the recall?

My guess is it a Little Littlefield=just like daddy!

November 17, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.
01centare said...

fedup350 said... To shen : 1. what?? This has nothing to do with race.

I'm not necessarily in agreement with everything shen? has posted, but race and the homeless did originally play a role in the decision to oust the mayor. If you could go back and pull up some of the nasty remarks openly made on the subject just a few short years aog, you'd see where both race and the homeless were both originally the driving force behind the recall. Those two, and a personal vendetta.

November 17, 2011 at 6:21 p.m.
fedup350 said...

To 01centare - I expected nothing less of you than to use race baiting in your post. You have a serious problem seeing boogeymen where they don’t exit. You and your kind of thinking only flames the fire of racial animosity. The recall is about an extremely incompetent mayor. He has done noting positive for any citizen unless it benefits himself or his warped plans of Metro government to make himself a legacy. Let me see, how did he help the black community by closing the police precinct in St; Elmo and Alton Park and then just days afterwards he spent $30,000 dollars on a tarp for the ball fields in Summit. Oh and Manny Rico voted for that too and St. Elmo and Alton Park residents are his constituents. I could go on and on with examples like that. You need yo take your racial bias to another story, they sure don’t fit here in this one.

November 17, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

Mayor Littlefield is completely clueless if he has to continue to resort to legal maneuvers to try and hold on to his job. At this rate, he wouldn't stay employed long in the private sector.

November 17, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

Actually he would have more Rights in the private sector

November 17, 2011 at 8:44 p.m.
01centare said...

fedup350 said... Let me see, how did he help the black community by closing the police precinct in St; Elmo and Alton Park

Well, fedup, unless you consider stopping every young black male WWB {walking while black} through St. Elmo and Alton Park, damn near strip searching them in broad daylight; harassing them on every turn as a good thing, then I guess someone like you would consider closing that precinct a bad thing. The mayor was actually doing the black community a favor by closing it. Why some people like you still feel the need to have the slavedriver and overseer watching over you every minute is mind boggling. You need to get rid of that slave mentality.

btw-I'm quite familiar with the individual who initially started all this recall mantra. Believe me, that individual has no love or even liked for black and brown people. Those individuals who came knocking on your doors to get a signature would have never ventured into your communities otherwise, and if you'd have ventured into their they'd have called the cops on you immediately and reported you as a suspicious character wandering around.

OH, I didn't turn the subject into a race thing. I was responding to the ones beating up on shen(?). The thing is, why do you really think they placed that precinct out there in St. Elmo and Alton Park to begin with? Until that precinct closed, cops were like sentries routinely pulling blacks over anytime they came near St. Elmo. Although St. Elmo is home to a very large population of blacks. From what I've been told, things actually calmed down and became peaceful after that precinct was closed. Neighbors came together again and started behaving like neighbors are suppose to behaving, NEIGHBORLY. With the exception of a few, that is.

November 17, 2011 at 9:17 p.m.
fedup350 said...

To 01centare: wow, your posts are really getting out there. Go back and read your prior posts. They are all about race. It is apparent that you can take any story and turn it into a racial issue. For example: if there were a story on chicken farming, you would have the black and white chickens fighting. You are wearing a white sheet (so to speak) and don’t even realize it. It is a given that when you see the name 01centare preceding a post, that post will invariably be a hate filled racial tirade playing the blame game. It is painfully clear that you have a chip on your shoulder. It is really pitiful that you blame your failures in your life on everyone and everything but yourself. Take responsibility for yourself! If you fail at something don’t blame me just try to do better next time. Worker harder at what you are trying to accomplish. It is no ones fault that you fail except your own. From you posts it is a certainty that your life is unfulfilled and wrought with failure that you cant accept responsibility for. Really a sad life. It must really suck to be you….

November 18, 2011 at 3:32 p.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

And fedup, your posts are all about hate! You seem obsessed with it. All your posts are filled with anger and hatred. They're so strong that one can feel it just from reading your posts. If you were really smart you'd do your own research before putting your signature on paper.

November 18, 2011 at 5:18 p.m.
fedup350 said...

To amnestiUSAF84, it is really funny how you think that no one should think any different than you. It just kills you that your opinion is questioned. Come off your throne there in your own private little world and see what reality is. You and 01centare write theses posts without any consideration of the truth. It is really amazing how far out there you two are. You both are so racist and full of hate yourself and you try to hide that fact by lies and deception. Well guess what? You two are not fooling anyone. It is painfully clear what you two are about and that is racism, hate, elitism and trying to twist the truth to suit your own twisted views. If you don’t like to be questioned then don’t post here. That is what a blog is you moron, different opinions. Don’t you ever wonder why no one ever agrees with you? Ok I take that back, there are a few that do and you have your right to post, no matter how screwed up you are. It is you that are filled with hate though. Look in the mirror, go back and read your prior posts. They are all the same. You keep spewing your lies and falsehoods and I will keep refuting them. That is what a free country is. Not your socialist view that you know best no matter what. I am sure that you don’t practice what you preach. You are the worst kind of hypocrite.

November 19, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
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