Beilke’s response alludes to the council’s firing of the city’s previous city manager, which was precipitated, he states, by a “backroom deal” that gave the former manager a $40,000 a year raise. “Today, I feel we are on the right course,” Beilke stated. “There is no basis for this recall other than to settle personal grudges.” Armenta’s rebuttal lists the council’s recent accomplishments, including saving the city $1.4 million by slashing and consolidating administrative jobs, establishing a new Public Safety Division, and launching other initiatives to fight crime. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Three City Council members served with recall papers Aug. 1 have filed responses blasting the group spearheading the effort. The responses are being reviewed by the city clerk. Barring any problems, recall proponents could begin circulating petitions by next Wednesday, Deputy City Clerk Evelyn Izaguirre said. Proponents need at least 5,000 signatures, representing 20 percent of the city’s registered voters, to put the recall on the March ballot. The term of one of the three targeted politicos, Mayor Pete Ramirez, expires in March. Council members David Armenta and Ron Beilke also were served with “intent to recall” papers Aug. 1 by Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, a group formed by residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIn his rebuttal, which along with the responses of the other two will appear on the petitions, Ramirez called the recall attempt “mean-spirited” and “unnecessary.” He wrote that the effort is being “foisted upon the voters by a small group of angry gadflies” and stated that some Truth in Politics members are “outsiders” who don’t reside in Pico Rivera. The group’s leader, Raul Murga, said recall proponents’ main gripe against the three was the hiring of former political consultant Chuck Fuentes as city manager. Murga said Fuentes “has no qualifications for the job.” “That issue appears to have been sidestepped entirely in their responses,” he said.