On April 3, the group served Beilke with a second notice of intent to circulate a recall petition. But in a single-sentence letter sent to the City Clerk’s Office last Friday, C-TIP said it intended to halt the recall attempt. Murga said he uncovered a “technical deficiency” in the recall document that forced his group to drop the effort. He said he had referred to Beilke as mayor pro tem instead of mayor in the petition. Beilke claimed Tuesday that the group could not even gather 500 signatures. “I don’t know of anyone who even saw the petition,” he said. But Murga said his group simply ran out of time. He blasted Beilke’s estimate of the number of signatures C-TIP was able to collect. “We have never stated how many signatures we gathered,” he said. “That goes to show his arrogance.” Beilke, who has been on the council for two years, said he believes C-TIP now has 120 days to collect the needed signatures. As part of the recall process, he said he was allowed to write up a rebuttal. He said he would not do so. “Let’s put it this way, I have seven days to put my response in to be published. I didn’t even bother responding before and I won’t bother responding this time,” he said. “I have city business to attend to.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! C-TIP claims the mayor should be removed for abuse of power and fiscal malfeasance. Murga said his group takes issue with Beilke over his support for newly rehired City Manager Chuck Fuentes and the City Council’s decision last year to close the Pico Rivera Stables. Beilke said he did not know why he was being recalled. “I don’t truly know what their reasons are, but whatever their reasons are are bogus and unfounded,” he said. It was C-TIP’s third recall attempt against the mayor. The first came to an anti-climatic end March 16, when C-TIP announced it had failed to collect the needed 5,109 voter signatures to force a special recall election. PICO RIVERA – A local political group has served Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke for the third time with notice they plan to circulate a recall petition against him. Raul Murga, executive director of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics – also known as C-TIP, said he served Beilke with the papers after Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The mayor showed no signs of worry Tuesday night. “It’s a waste of time like the previous two times were,” he said. “The residents absolutely ignore these people and they are happy with the progress we have been making and are more than willing to give this new council a chance. But these people \ have nothing better to do in life.”
MONTREAL – Extra delivery fees on the price of tickets for concerts and shows are described as exploitative in a recent application for a class-action suit against entertainment giant evenko.A law firm representing a Montreal concertgoer is behind the May 3 application and is asking for punitive damages amounting to $15 per member of the action per purchase.It alleges l’Arena des canadiens Inc., which owns and operates the evenko website, charges between $5 and $7 for services described as either an electronic ticket fee, a box office pickup fee or a mobile ticket fee.“These fees are nothing more than a cash cow for the defendant,” the application contends. “The defendant behaves as if it has carte blanche to exploit consumers and adherents and to charge them abusive and disproportionate delivery fees.”A judge has yet to sign off on the action, but Consumer Law Group, a Montreal-based firm, claims in the filing that evenko is running afoul of Quebec’s consumer protection act.“It is claimed in the lawsuit that there is an extreme disproportion between what evenko charges consumers and what it actually costs evenko to email consumers their electronic tickets, allow a customer to physically pick up their printed tickets, transfer electronic tickets to a mobile device, or allow clients to use their credit cards as entry to an event,” the filing reads.“The fair market value for the service for which the defendant charges these fees is zero or very close to zero.”In 2016 alone, evenko promoted 1,224 events and generated tens of millions of dollars in ticket sales, the suit suggests.In a statement, evenko said there’s nothing abusive about the practice.“We would like to affirm, first of all, that the addition of fees for the ticketing service is a common practice in the entertainment industry, as much in Quebec as in the rest of Canada and North America,” company spokesman Philip Vanden Brande wrote.“Moreover, we make sure to comply with applicable laws at all times.”The company wouldn’t comment further, given the matter is now with its lawyers, he added.The application states none of evenko’s competitors charge similar fees, unless it is for the mailing or the physical delivery of tickets.The suit doesn’t target charges for tickets that are sent by mail or courier, acknowledging there’s a cost associated with that service.