Reform-minded Los Angeles district attorney escapes a second recall attempt

Reform-minded Los Angeles district attorney escapes a second recall attempt – On December 7, 2020, in Los Angeles, George Gascón is sworn in as his wife, Fabiola Kramsky, holds a copy of the Constitution during a mainly virtual event.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the movement to remove him from office required 566,857 valid signatures by mid-July, which equals 10% of people who were eligible to vote when he was elected in November 2020. The Los Angeles County registrar-recorder/county clerk’s office determined that only about 520,000 of the submitted signatures were legitimate.

In addition, the registrar’s office informed the Los Angeles Times that around 27% of the submitted signatures were discarded because they were duplicates or presented by persons who were not allowed to vote.

Los Angeles law enforcement and corporate leaders have criticized Gascón for his progressive initiatives and increasing crime rates. Soon after his inauguration, he issued broad directions to decrease jail sentences, including thousands of old murder and other serious criminal cases, as well as steps to remove cash bail and the death penalty.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the first move to recall Gascón failed last year, but the second campaign garnered millions of cash and received backing from police unions and politicians, including Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso. Several of Gascón’s prosecutors backed the recall as well.

Reform-minded Los Angeles district attorney escapes a second recall attempt
Reform-minded Los Angeles district attorney escapes a second recall attempt

 

Tuesday, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami tweeted, “George’s approval rating is 29%.” “Thirty-seven cities representing millions lack faith in him. More victimization, a rise in murders and crime, and a decline in security are neither reforms nor development. The battle is not done. It has only begun.”

Monday, after the recall campaign failed, Gascón also posted on Twitter that he was “grateful to move ahead.”

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“Rest assured, Los Angeles County, the effort continues,” he wrote. “My top priorities have always been ensuring our safety and building a more equal justice system for everybody.”

Earlier past summer, San Francisco voters recalled the progressive District Attorney, Chesa Boudin. Boudin, a Democrat and former assistant public defender, increased diversion programs, reduced cash bail, prosecuted police misbehavior, and eliminated gang enhancements in sentencing.

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