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State of California Recall Newsom
Recall Newsom - Majority Approval Required

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Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

If a majority of the votes on the recall question are "Yes," Governor Newsom shall be removed from office and the replacement candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected for the remainder of the governor's term of office.

NO vote means

If one-half or more of the voters on the recall question are "No," Governor Newsom shall remain in office.

Background

Proponents’ Statement of Reasons for the Recall and the Governor’s Answer

https://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2021/pdf/complete-vig.pdf#page=7

The recall petition circulated throughout the state included a Statement of Reasons for a recall and the Governor’s Answer to the Statement, which are provided below pursuant to Elections Code section 11325.

 

Proponents’ Statement of Reasons

TO THE HONORABLE GAVIN NEWSOM: Pursuant to section 11020, California Elections Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of the State of California, hereby give notice, we are the proponents of a recall petition and we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Governor in the State of California and to demand election of a successor in that office.

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.

 

Governor’s Answer to the Statement

WARNING: 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.

In 2018 California voters elected Governor Gavin Newsom by historic margins.

As Governor, Newsom is working to 1) increase funding for public education, 2) protect and secure Californians’ health and health care, 3) improve water, roads, and bridges, 4) address the challenges of housing affordability and homelessness, and 5) prepare for the threats of wildfires.

Our budget is balanced. Our fiscal reserves are unprecedented. Our economy and employment are historically strong.

Yet a handful of partisan activists supporting President Trump and his dangerous agenda to divide America are trying to overturn the definitive will of California voters and bring Washington’s broken government to California with this recall effort.

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

Do not be fooled—California’s police officers, firefighters, first responders, public school teachers, health providers, and business leaders all STRONGLY OPPOSE this costly recall.

DO NOT HAND OVER YOUR SIGNATURE, YOUR SUPPORT OR YOUR PERSONAL, PRIVATE INFORMATION TO THIS DESTRUCTIVE RECALL SCHEME.

Financial effect

Pursuant to Elections Code section 11108(d), the Department of Finance, in consultation with the Secretary of State and county elections officials, has estimated the costs to administer the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom to be $276 million.

For more information relating to the costs of the recall election, please see the Secretary of State's website at: https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/recalls/dept-finance-letter.pdf.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Proponent's Recall Argument

VOTE YES to RECALL Gavin Newsom!

Over two million Californians from all walks of life signed petitions to Recall Gavin Newsom. They love our state and want to make things better. This is our chance to vote for positive change in California and elect a new Governor.

VOTE YES to RECALL Gavin Newsom. Here’s why:

Since Gavin Newsom took office, our problems have gotten worse. Gavin Newsom promised to fix the homeless problem, yet California’s homeless population increased dramatically even while he spent Billions on programs that do not work. Newsom promised to make California more affordable, but prices for gas, food, and housing have surged, making life here unaffordable for many middle and lower-income families.

Gavin Newsom promised to make California safer, but crime and homelessness have spiked since he ordered the early release of nearly twenty thousand prison inmates. Now Newsom is giving another seventy-six thousand the chance to leave prison early, making matters even worse. Gavin Newsom has continually misled the public. He arrogantly claimed to increase fire protection, yet an investigation by the non-partisan Capitol Public Radio concluded otherwise. Newsom cut 150 million dollars from the state’s fire protection budget and he misled the public about his fire protection record. To make things worse, California had a strong inmate firefighting crew. Newsom released many fire crew inmates early and cut their budget.

In November, Newsom told Californians stay home, wear masks, avoid gathering with family and friends. Days later in violation of his orders, he attended a fancy dinner with lobbyists at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant—without masks or social distancing. Newsom also secretly authorized a contract for nearly one-billion-dollars to outsource mask production to a politically connected Chinese company. The Head of that company donated tens of thousands to Newsom’s Campaign. The company was wired half a Billion dollars, without legislature approval. The governor’s office has refused to release information about this publicly. NOTE: California manufacturers could have filled the same order.

Newsom’s Employment Development Department spent over $30 billion in fraudulent payments to criminals and prison inmates, while forcing hundreds of thousands struggling, out-of-work Californians to wait months for their money. Newsom continues to mislead us. California is not “Roaring Back”. Instead, it’s on life support. His arrogance and self-dealing have made our problems worse. Crime is soaring. Homicides up 31% in 2020. Our state now has the worst homeless problem on record and the highest gas prices nationwide. The cost of living has driven many families, businesses, and corporations out of state. Public schools rank 37th K–12 overall and our roads are crumbling. Between 2008 and 2017, California had 4,300 blackouts. On Newsom’s watch, there were 25,281 blackouts in 2019 alone. Our water rationed and mismanaged forests are burning.

We deserve better. We deserve a Governor who will be honest with us. Someone who will work to solve our state’s very real problems: the cost of living, homelessness, crime, failing schools.
VOTE YES on RECALL: Visit RecallGavin2020.com TO LEARN MORE.

ORRIN HEATLIE

For Additional Information Please Contact:
info@recallgavin2020.com
www.RecallGavin2020.com

— California Secretary of State Official Voter Information Guide

Arguments AGAINST

Governor's Recall Argument

The recall is an attempt by national Republicans and Trump supporters to force an election and grab power in California.

VOTE NO on the recall of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom to stop the Republican takeover of our state.

The recall’s leading supporters are the same national Republicans who fought to overturn the presidential election and launched efforts to undermine the right to vote across the country.

Here in California, they are abusing our recall laws in order to gain power and advance their partisan agenda.

The leaders of the Republican recall seek to repeal California’s clean air protections, roll back gun safety laws and take away health care access for those who need it.

And as California makes important progress against COVID-19, handing power to Republicans and supporters of President Trump could set our state back in our fight against the pandemic.

The past year and a half has challenged us all. Facing an unprecedented global crisis, Governor Newsom followed science and moved aggressively to save lives and help those hardest hit.

Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, our state is beating the pandemic. Californians have some of the highest vaccination levels in the country—leaving us better protected against variants than most other states.

Now, Governor Newsom is focused on our state’s economic and job recovery.

He believes we must use this once in a lifetime moment to come together and ensure every resident—regardless of their race or zip code—can live a better life.

That’s why he passed his $100 billion California Comeback Plan—the largest economic recovery package in state history. Under the plan, two in three Californian families are receiving at least $600 in direct relief, and 200,000 small businesses will benefit from our relief programs.

Governor Newsom is pursuing major new solutions for our most pressing challenges— homelessness, education, infrastructure and wildfires.

But all of our residents’ sacrifice and our state’s progress could be put at risk if this partisan, Republican recall succeeds.

That’s why Democrats and independents across the state and nation—including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris—oppose the recall. They believe Governor Newsom should be allowed to finish the job.

VOTE NO on the recall to stop this Republican power grab. Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom

stoptherepublicanrecall.com

GAVIN NEWSOM

For Additional Information Please Contact:
Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom
stoptherepublicanrecall.com

— California Secretary of State Official Voter Information Guide

Who gave money?

Contributions

Yes on Recall Newsom

Total money raised: $18,607,368
Bar graph showing total amount relative to total amount for this entire campaign.

No on Recall Newsom

Total money raised: $85,165,770
Bar graph showing total amount relative to total amount for this entire campaign.

Below are the top 10 contributors that gave money to committees supporting or opposing the ballot measures.

Yes on Recall Newsom

1
Elder for Governor 2021
$5,389,643
2
Palmer, Geoff
$1,400,000
3
Powell, II, Jesse
$1,000,000
4
BLACK AMERICANS MAKING AMERICA FIRST (FED ID #C00668517) SUPPORTING NEWSOM RECALL
$863,667
5
DGB Ranch
$300,000
5
Huck PAC
$300,000
6
Fox, Saul
$200,000
6
Palihapitiya, Chamath
$200,000
7
Boyett Petroleum
$198,000
8
California Republican Party
$187,218

No on Recall Newsom

1
Hastings, Reed
$3,000,000
2
California Democratic Party
$2,589,631
3
SEIU Local 2015
$2,289,920
4
California Teachers Association
$1,822,561
5
California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA)
$1,750,000
6
California Association of Realtors
$1,500,000
7
California Building Industry Association
$1,100,000
8
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
$1,061,536
9
Service Employees International Union
$1,026,684
10
Ballmer, Connie E.
$1,000,000
10
California Conference of Carpenters
$1,000,000
10
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$1,000,000
10
Marcus, George M.
$1,000,000
10
Professional Engineers in California Government
$1,000,000
10
SEIU Local 1000
$1,000,000
10
Soros, George
$1,000,000
10
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$1,000,000

More information about contributions

Yes on Recall Newsom

By State:

California 84.91%
North Carolina 4.83%
Arkansas 1.82%
Florida 1.42%
Other 7.01%
84.91%

By Size:

Large contributions (90.24%)
Small contributions (9.76%)
90.24%9.76%

By Type:

From organizations (50.42%)
From individuals (49.58%)
50.42%49.58%

No on Recall Newsom

By State:

California 86.22%
District of Columbia 6.17%
New York 2.42%
Washington 1.90%
Other 3.30%
86.22%

By Size:

Large contributions (78.23%)
Small contributions (21.77%)
78.23%21.77%

By Type:

From organizations (65.52%)
From individuals (34.48%)
65.52%34.48%

More information

News (3)

The California Recall, Untangled — September 3, 2021 New York Times
Q&A: Gov. Gavin Newsom on his recall election — August 13, 2021 San Diego Union-Tribune

Contact Info

Yes on Recall Newsom
California Patriot Coalition – Recall Governor Gavin Newsom
Misc. Item:

Committee major funding from:
Rescue California – Recall Gavin Newsom
Prov. 3:9, LLC
Geoff Palmer

FPPC ID 1424018

Email info@recallgavin2020.com
Address:
PO Box 417030
Sacramento, CA 95841
No on Recall Newsom
Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom
Contact Name:

Committee major funding from Reed Hastings, SEIU Local 2015, California Democratic Party

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