What many Californians don’t know is a recollection. This doesn’t bode well for Newsom.
PALMDALE — By the time the two women with clipboards approached Ashley Reyes, it was a 101-degree afternoon, watching her son and his cousins play in her gated driveway.
Had he heard, the women wondered, about the September 14 election?
“No,” replied Reyes, a look of perplexed curiosity crossing his face. What election?
I saw this scene and several similar scenes played out this month when I tagged with 27-year-old Karen Diaz and 22-year-old Tanary Guzman Reyes as they knocked on doors in Palmdale, a city north of Los Angeles. They were hoping to extend support for Gavin Newsom as he faces an effort to withdraw from office.
Voters, who should have received their ballots by mail by now, will be asked two questions: Should Newsom be recalled from office? And if so, who should replace him?
The recall was once a long shot initiated by Republicans who disliked the governor’s positions on issues such as the death penalty and immigration. But the effort gained steam during the coronavirus pandemic, as conservative Californians worked on trade restrictions and mask mandates.
As my colleague Sean Hubler and I wrote recently, Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in California, but experts say Newsom may be stymied by the ambiguity and lack of awareness about the election, Especially among those most likely to support them.
It has progressive groups, including state and national Democratic parties, working to sound the alarm: Newsom could be replaced by a Republican if the Democrats do not cast their ballots.
Experts tell me that for many Latino voters in the state, fears are intense that Newsom’s successor could take back the rights of undocumented immigrants or lift restrictions that protect essential workers.
“This election is very important to sit out,” said Diaz, who is the electoral field manager for CHIRLA Action Fund, a Los Angeles-based immigrant advocacy group.
We strolled up and down the sun-bleached streets of the neighborhood where Diaz grew up—his “home turf,” she said. She knew that many voters would be hearing from a political campaign for the first time.
Her colleague, Guzman Reyes, who grew up in neighboring Lancaster, said she was not initially aware of the recall election, but when she learned that Newsom might be fired, she alerted community members. wanted to do
“Many people don’t vote in special elections,” she said. “And it’s coming from nowhere, really.”
While experts initially predicted the election would take place in November, Newsom’s aides moved to vote earlier, allowing the governor to capitalize on optimism that we are finally getting past the pandemic. But as the Delta variant rages, that plan could backfire, experts say.
So, Diaz and Guzman Reyes went door-to-door contacting people who were washing their cars or cleaning out their garages.
Some residents, such as Reyes, pledged to cast their vote for Newsom after speaking with campaigners. One woman said that her voice doesn’t matter.
However, some people had already heard about the election.
Javier Rivera, 49, said he would vote to retain Newsom, who he said handled a difficult situation well. He sees the governor as a staunch opponent of the former president.
“If he was against Trump, I would have voted for Daffy Duck,” he said.
But Rivera said he was concerned: “For whatever reason, it looks like most of the noise is coming from Republicans.”
Edgar Robleto, 62, who spoke with Diaz and Guzman Reyes through a metal screen door, said he wished Newsom was “gone.” The pandemic restrictions, he said, were “overboard”, and he had lost work as a bus operator.
“My credit cards are on top,” he told me.
But Robleto said he did not know who he would vote to replace the governor. He said he would look for information on Facebook and YouTube, and wait to hear from the leaders of his church.
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Jill Cowan is a New York Times reporter, currently based in Los Angeles.
If you read a story, make it
Blood testing start-up Theranos fell into scandal in 2018.
Yet women entrepreneurs say they are still compared to its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, even when their companies bear little resemblance to Theranos.
As Times reporter Erin Griffith writes, the audacity of Holmes’ story has “penetrated into popular culture and left behind an indelible image of how female founders can push boundaries.”
Read the full excerpt.
what are we eating
Red pepper flakes, capers and tomato paste turn a simple cherry tomato sauce into an easy weeknight pasta that tastes much more complex than it is.
where are we traveling
Today’s California travel tip comes from reader Kay Johnson, who lives in Redding. K writes:
The Sundial Bridge here in Redding is my favorite place to visit. The bridge was designed by internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, whose latest project is the Oculus Transportation Center at the World Trade Center in New York City. Of course, the best days to visit are the first weekend of each summer month when free tours are available. People can then easily head north to see Lake Shasta Caverns (including a ride across Lake Shasta to reach the caves) and Mount Shasta; East to see MacArthur-Burney Falls and Mount Lassen; Or head west to visit the gold-mining town of Weaverville and the pristine Trinity Alps wilderness – all the great diversity the far northern part of California has to offer.
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Please include your name and where you live so that we can share your tip in the newsletter. Email your suggestions at [email protected]
Do you have questions about the upcoming recall election? Send them to us at [email protected] And we’ll try to provide some answers in upcoming editions of the newsletter.
And before we go, some good news
In January 2017, Amy Verhe went to Bisap Baobab, a Senegalese restaurant in San Francisco, to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
There, she began talking to Chidibere Nanaji, a Nigerian student who often took refuge in the bar, which reminded her of home.
In July this year, Verhe and Nanaji got married in Mill Valley. Read the story from the Times.
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ps is here Today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: like apple seeds and rhubarb leaves, in large quantities (5 letters).
Soumya Karlamangala, Steven Moeti and Mariel Wemsley contributed to California Today. you can reach the team [email protected].
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