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Lawmakers target reforms to California's recall process

Leaders prepare to hold joint hearings to discuss changes to 'deeply flawed' system

by Gennady Sheyner

A day after California voters beat back an effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, Democratic lawmakers announced that they are setting the stage to reform what they see as a deeply flawed recall process.

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Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 16, 2021 at 10:48 am

jr1 is a registered user.

Voters need to understand, regardless of the party politicians would like to get rid of the recall process.

Posted by dontliveinCA
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2021 at 11:59 am

dontliveinCA is a registered user.

The current process is nuts and definitely needs to be changed; I do think a recall process is OK, but it needs to make sense and be fair.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 16, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Citizen is a registered user.

This is just another hoped for power grab, to cement one party Democratic rule, while reducing the influence and power of citizens and their ability to recall corrupt and/or inept elected officials.

Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm

tmp is a registered user.

Who care's that much about the recall. If our elected representatives actually did the job that voters sent them to Sacramento to do there would be no problem. But instead we now have Rep. Berman wasting time on news "click bait" stories like recalls rather than actually doing any good for the state by planning ahead for sea level rise and limiting areas where buildings can be built, planning ahead for less water and limiting population growth, planning ahead for less hydropower (due to less water) and pushing to rapidly expand solar and other forms of energy, planning ahead and limiting pollution since CA has the worst air in the nation.

But we don't have leaders that plan ahead. Instead we have leaders that look for attention around the latest news item or leaders looking for money from lobbyist and then they trip over themselves getting attention or giving away their favors to those who bought them or ran stories about them .

Hence the slew of state bills that help developers destroy local city zoning, bills that let thieves roam the streets and not be held accountable, bills that continue to let polluting plastic bags be freely dispensed, and bills that don't limit fossil fuel consumption. Nothing that will require any serious commitment and hard work on their part, nothing controversial or difficult to achieve to try to save the state's ecosystem in the long term, just more give away stuff to those that pay for it and all that hard work to get the news media to pay attention to you.

Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

jr1 is a registered user.

For me the situation with Gov. Newsom, if he was a Republican would I have voted for him to be recalled. I would, even though I'm registered, Independent. Once I removed the party label on Newsom voting to remove him was a simple decision for me.

Posted by sennet williams
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2021 at 6:46 pm

sennet williams is a registered user.

The easiest solution is simply that the "recall targeted" officials be automatically included on the list of "replacement candidates." The East bay times (and presumably the SJ Mercury News) published my letter on Wed, Sept 22. This would end wasteful recall attempts by politicians too right-wing to possibly win a general election.

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