Wednesday, October 15, 2008

San Jose city councilwoman to face recall election

San Jose city councilwoman to face recall election

Friday, October 10, 2008

(10-10) 15:40 PDT San Jose, CA (AP) --

What started as a dispute over what to name a retail district in San Jose may end up getting a city councilwoman removed from office.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters has certified the signatures gathered to try to recall Councilwoman Madison Nguyen.

Nguyen — San Jose's first-ever Vietnamese council member — enraged some of the city's Vietnamese-American residents over support of the name "Saigon Business District" instead of "Little Saigon" for an area of Vietnamese-owned stores and restaurants.

Assistant City Clerk Dennis Hawkins says the City Council is scheduled to certify the petition on Oct. 21.

After a formal vote in November, the recall would be placed on the March 3 ballot.

Information from: San Jose Mercury News,