A temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and permanent injunction was filed with the 79th District Clerk's Office against City Clerk Diana Lopez and the City of Alice.

Cora Lozano, Ana Salas and Lupe Martinez filed the application. The individuals, who are residents of Jim Wells County, voted for Councilwomen Yolanda Sosa Moran and Elida Garza on May 6.

Shortly after Moran and Garza were sworn in to the Alice City Council other residents filed a petition for their recall.

According to the application by Lozano, Salas and Martinez, Defendant Lopez certified a recall petition against Moran and Garza because...

"The councilwomen approved the opening of the Alice Natatorium without conducting financial or operational due diligence nor determining the financial effect on City of Alice taxpayers, where the money to fund the natatorium would come from, no ample funds in the budget, and without amending the budget to support the natatorium."

According to Lozano, Salas and Martinez, the said allegations are without merit. They also believe that in accordance with the Alice City Charter the recall is no longer valid and it should have been conducted as a special election between 30 and 35 days after the petitions were presented.

Petitions were presented June 16. The judge must now decide on the matter in a timely fashion as early voting for the Nov. 7 elections begins on Oct. 23.