Printing company owner David Leckness was elected to succeed MacLean on the Mission Viejo City Council.
Recall advocates spent about a year and turned in almost 14,000 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.
They accused MacLean of "anger and incivility" for telling a fellow council member to shut up during a meeting.
They also blasted him for reportedly voting to double his salary and voting to give himself lifetime medical benefits at taxpayer expense after 12 years of part-time council service.
MacLean denied the allegations. He called them "lies and mischaracterization."
He says they were a ploy to tip the balance on the council.
CNS contributed to this report.