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The threat of recall for the golden state’s Gov. Gavin Newsom is inching closer to becoming possible.

The latest recall effort was filed by Orrin E. Heatlie, retired Patrol Sergeant with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, and approved for circulation on June 10. 

The original timeline gave the Recall Gavin Newsom movement until Nov. 17 to collect the required signatures to be included on the ballot, but due to COVID-19, an extension to March 17, 2021, was granted. 

On Dec. 10, the movement announced they had reached a milestone in their campaign.

“To date, our amazing team of volunteers have gathered about 800,000 signatures from California voters throughout the state,” said Randy Economy, Senior Advisor for RecallGavin2020.com. 

 “That is an incredible feat, given the pandemic shutdowns, the wildfires, searing summer heat, riots, and horrible smoke.”

Recall Newsom needs 1.5 million verified signatures to hold a special election in California, but at least 10% of that number needs to be collected before counties are allowed to begin verifying them. 

These 800,000 signatures put the recall support past 10% and verification may begin.

Newsom’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the state’s growing disapproval of the governor, but according to Economy, the number of acquired signatures rose by hundreds of thousands after the Nov. 6 dinner Newsom attended at The French Laundry.

Photos were released of Newsom attending the dinner surrounded by the state’s top medical lobbyists with none of them wearing masks or social distancing.

This drew criticism from Californians as Newsom has been urging state residents to wear face coverings, avoid gathering with members of other households, not to travel, and to avoid leaving their house as much as possible.

Newsom later apologized and said it was a “bad mistake” and he said that he would take responsibility for his actions and “own them.”

The official petition lists the reasons for recall as follows: 

  • “Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens.
  • People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result.
  • He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty.
  • He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights.”

Historically, recalling government officials in California has not been successful. Since 1913, there have been 165 attempts to recall an elected official with only nine attempts succeeding in making the proposed motion on a ballot. 

Of the nine, just 5 elected officials were recalled from their position. 

Newsom released a statement regarding the recall in June telling Californians in bold text:

“THIS UNWARRANTED RECALL EFFORT WILL COST CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS 81 MILLION DOLLARS! IT IS BEING PUSHED BY POLITICAL EXTREMISTS SUPPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HATEFUL ATTACKS ON CALIFORNIA.”

His response mentions some of the improvements he has made since taking office in 2018 while accusing Trump supporters of trying to divide the United States and break California’s government the way they had broken it in Washington.

Newsom added: “The last thing California needs is another wasteful special election, supported by those who demonize California’s people and attack California’s values.”

Newsom took office in Jan. 2019 and, if not recalled, will remain in office until 2023 or longer if re-elected.

Written ByKarissa Leuschen

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