Harkey supporters told to "cease and desist"

I just received the update below from the campaign to recall Dana Point Councilwoman Diane Harkey. It looks like the recall effort is picking up steam and Harkey and her backers are in serious trouble!

Ethics Matter – Recall Diane Harkey announced today that the mysterious group “Dana Point Today,” in its website and mailings promoting recall target Diane Harkey, has dropped use of the official city seal owned by the City of Dana Point from their website and at the downloadable “Summer 2007” newsletter, in response to a “cease and desist” letter sent from the City to the group as a result of a citizen complaint letter dated August 8, 2007 filed by a proponent of the Harkey recall effort.

The “cease and desist” letter can be obtained by contacting the City of Dana Point at 949-248-3500. In addition, the mysterious site, which includes no names or contact information of live individuals associated with the site, now includes a new disclaimer, requested by Harkey recall proponents in their complaint to the City, that states:

“Dana Point Today is not affiliated with the City of Dana Point.”

Harkey supporter Dick MacKaig and attorneys for the law firm of Reed and Davidson engaged in a serious misstep when then violated the City’s trademark in using the official seal for the site and mailing, and potentially violated the Dana Point Municipal Code (a potential criminal violation) in using the official seal for a mailing and website to advance Harkey’s political interests. Harkey is undergoing a recall campaign in the City of Dana Point which has received widespread support throughout the coastal city.

Harkey recall supporters collected over 250 signatures in support of their recall petition on the first weekend of the recall period, which will last for the next 120 days. Proponent Robert Traphagen said “people sign the petition and offer to tell me their personal stories about Diane Harkey. She is more disliked than I imagined, and boy, according to the stories, does she have a foul mouth!”

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