Recall efforts

Those for and against the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom gathered in Redwood City on Sunday to make their feelings known. Photo courtesy Brigid O’Farrell

With ballots arriving in the mail last week, the election to decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is heating up locally. Democrats and Republicans are campaigning in earnest, hosting events and building support among local voters.

The first question on the ballot is whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Republicans garnered enough signatures to bring the question to a vote and largely say their efforts are in response to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second asks who should assume the governorship and serve through 2023 should the recall succeed.

The ballot must be filled out, signed and mailed or dropped off at a local voter box by Election Day on Sept. 14.

Christina Laskowski, chair of the San Mateo County GOP, said her focus has been to help educate residents about the recall effort and to encourage people to submit their ballots and get involved in the process.

“Our role, our approach, has been to engage, educate and empower,” Laskowski said. “... Your vote does make a difference.”

Laskowski said the county GOP helped with the statewide effort to recall the governor, activating local volunteers to get signatures on the recall petition. One of the county GOP committee members is a regional chair of the recall effort, helping lead outreach across the Bay Area. The local Republican Party is asking its members to vote “yes” on the recall, and to choose a Republican on the ballot that aligns most with their values. Laskowski is also encouraging Republicans to sign up to serve as election observers at the San Mateo County elections office.

Laskowski said, although the bulk of their outreach has been to registered Republicans, she has found common ground with independents and those who aren’t registered with a political party when it comes to their concerns about the governor’s actions and interest in a replacement. Most of the opposition to the governor, Laskowski said, is rooted in personal hardships related to the pandemic, like small business owners who struggled with closures and are now worried about the effect of vaccine mandates on their businesses.

“Some people are just not impacted by any of this, but there is a large number of your regular, everyday workers that are impacted,” Laskowski said. “People are still suffering.”

Rudy Espinoza-Murray, a leader at the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, said the group has been ramping up its organizing efforts, tapping leaders like U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier to support a “no” vote on the recall ballot. Democrats’ focus is also on getting out the vote, and Espinoza-Murray said he feels confident that the recall will fail if Democrats vote.

“We have more than enough Democrats so that if they turn out, we win this election,” Espinoza-Murray said. “... If Democrats don't turn out to vote, then a very tiny minority will get to select the governor for the next two years. It’s problematic and we consider it undemocratic.”

Coastside Democratic Club Vice President April Vargas said volunteers have been up and down the Coastside leaving voting information at doors. Of particular focus is the Coastside’s Latino community and frequent voting Democrats to improve turnout.

She, like Espinoza-Murray, is confident that there are enough Democratic votes to defeat the recall, but Vargas said on an off year, ensuring every eligible voter drops off their ballot is critical. Vargas said she thinks Newsom’s decisions on COVID-19 shutdowns, the testing and vaccine rollout, child safety at schools and relief efforts for food insecurity, housing and business grants speak for themselves.

Also resonating with many local Democrats is the urgency of maintaining a Democratic governor who might appoint Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s successor, Vargas said.

“These kinds of programs that put the people of California first, ahead of special interests — this is the kind of leadership we need,” Vargas said.

Sarah Wright is the deputy editor for the Review. She reports on unincorporated San Mateo County and local schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and has worked in policy and communications in Washington, D.C.

(11) comments

John Charles Ullom

They are rationing health care in Idaho: -- https://idahocapitalsun.com/2021/09/07/idaho-forced-to-ration-medical-care-as-hospitals-buckle-under-covid-19/

Think about that. A bunch of self centered Americans refused a small sacrifice for the sake of their community. Tonight, in Idaho, f you show up at the ER in pain but not likely to die from from the cause, you will suffer until they find you a bed.

Does anybody remember America's Greatest Generation? What made them great? Whatever you think it was, we no longer have it.

We will be remembered as America's most spoiled generation.

greenbird

Let your vote reflect the kind of person you are. Let your vote reflect what is most important to you. Don't take your anger out on those who are already beaten down. Show compassion

B.O.

It’s clear Newsome failed small businesses and Californians during Covid; especially on the Coast. One awful decision after another. Recall is a must!

John Charles Ullom

No it is not clear. What would you have done? And are you not at least relived that there are still plenty of ICY beds available incase somebody you love gets hurt?

We have plenty of oxygen. They don't: -- https://wtop.com/national/2021/08/hospitals-in-south-face-oxygen-shortage-as-covid-surge-worsens/

We have plenty of capacity. They don't: -- https://www.npr.org/2021/08/19/1029378744/hospital-beds-shortage-covid-coronavirus-states

They have temporary morgues. We don't: -- https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2021-07-27/missouri-works-to-boost-vaccinations-as-covid-19-worsens

They are closing schools due to dead teachers. We are opening ours: -- https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/09/01/texas-school-covid-teachers-dead/

You are wrong B.O.. Not dead wrong, fortunately. Just wrong. Newsom is a vain hypocritical blowhard just like the rest of them but he stuck with a plan and we are better off for it.

Tell us B.O.. Who got it right? Trump?

"Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown. As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443). The United States made the correct decision!"

-- President Donald J. Trump

HPaul

Gov. Newsom did NOT give us a multi billion dollar surplus! The surplus was the result of the highest state tax rates in the country applied to stock market gains. Newsom could have left surplus funds in the state treasury and then refunded to taxpayer as required unless he spent down the funds. He immediately came up with multiple programs to spend down the surplus, rather than refund a portion back to taxpayers. Many give-away programs were created in a hurry to get rid of surplus!

Scott McVicker

The pretense of this photo collage speaks volumes. Are we being presented with a group of individuals whose lives were NOT affected by the declared pandemic...as they still collected their paychecks. The phony photo-bomb in the foreground with those supporting the recall in the background...indicating a less popular position. The person holding the "protect our progress" sign...to what might this be referring? To the progress in destroying our Country over a virus? To the progress of pushing ideologies into our schools?

No friends, Useless Newsom must go.

John Gruver

Just vote, "NO"

uffish thought

Notice that this recall was begun well before Covid-19 and Gavin Newsom's infamous soiree at the French Laundry:

"The grounds for this recall are as follows:

"Governor Newsom has implemented laws which are detrimental to the citizens of this state and our way of life.

"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.

"Having no other recourse, we the people have come together to take this action, remedy these misdeeds and prevent further injustices."

John Gruver

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Load of 🐫💩

Cherokee62

Gee, our Governor is concerned about ALL Californians NOT just Richie Rich. Wow, when the orange idiot sent defective PPE's to some Democratic states, Gov. Newsom took action when he could not distribute faulty PPE's to our hospital and front line workers trying to help the surge of Covid cases...Gov Newsom purchased GOOD PPE's from overseas to give to our frontline workers....Oh, BTW Gov Newsom gave the state a 74B...yes Billion $$$ surplus.....You cry baby orange supporters need to get out of the way and let change come. If you want to live where ONLY brain dead rednecks live,.....move. Oh, August 13 has come and gone and Prez Biden is still C in Chief... The republicans need a complete house cleaning and flushing with disinfectant that was not used to inject to control covid....according to the orange idiot.

John Charles Ullom

"Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown. As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443). The United States made the correct decision!" -- Donald J Trump

Trump always did have a thing for Newsom. Though not the bromance between Rocket Man and Orange Julius.

Which laws have been implemented uffish. Name one.

"People in this state suffer the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates, and the lowest quality of life as a result."

I am not homeless. Are you? And my quality of life is determined by my efforts. Not yours. Not Newsome's. Who do you blame your state of affairs on?

"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."

Newsom can't do anything about prop 13 even though it screws young families in favor of old timers. Rationing our waters? Dude, are you aware of what is going on? Has Newsom increased taxes? Show us if you can. As for parental rights, what are you talking about? What do you want to do to your kid that Newsom says you can't?

"He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty."

The death penalty is for vengeance and vengeance belongs to god. Besides, it statistically certain that innocent men, more often than not brown, have been executed for crimes they did not commit.

""Having no other recourse, we the people have come together to take this action, remedy these misdeeds and prevent further injustices."

You speak for yourself, I don't believe you are entitled to refer to yourself as "We". Unless you and McVicker are issuing joint statements. In which case, carry on.

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