Since my last report on the nonpartisan ‘Recall Newsom’ petition effort, signature gatherers have collected 100,000 more names for a total of 1.4 million and are rapidly closing in on the 1.5 million signature level needed to get the recall on the ballot.

More organizers are aiding the effort, citing the governor’s pandemic policies as the reason for their participation.

The proponents of the recall effort hope to hit 2 million signatures by March 17th, but only 1.5 million are needed to trigger a mid-year election.

The recall campaign of the Democratic governors was launched by Orrin Heatlie, Chairman of The California Patriot Coalition, but other groups have joined the effort – including Republican Congressional hopeful Joe Collins, who launched a 28-day “Recall Road Trip” earlier this week.

Collins will visit 16 cities appealing to Californians frustrated with the Democratic governor’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He will collect signatures.

“Gavin has been less than mediocre for California,” Collins told Fox News Thursday.

It should be noted that California recorded its highest Wuhan coronavirus caseload on December 15, with more than 53,700 infections; this barely two weeks after a significant portion of the state was essentially shut-down. Two months later, there are 13,000 cases reported, and citizens want their lives back.

Bill Burton, a former spokesman for President Barack Obama who lives in Southern California, said Democrats nationally have hammered a ‘follow the science’ message when many are more worried about getting their kids back in school and reopening their businesses.

‘There’s some disconnect between public policy and what regular people are experiencing in their lives,’ he said.

The UC Berkeley poll found that 49 percent believed that Newsom’s stay-at-home orders had little impact if any, while 47 percent agreed they had a major or at least some impact.

The majority said that the rules were confusing and inconsistent.

The poll revealed that just 31 percent of respondents felt Newsom and other state government leaders had done an excellent or good job, 23 percent said they’d done a fair job, while 43 percent said it was a poor job.

In an effort to bribe his way out of his self-imposed predicament, Newsom is proposing a “Golden State Stimulus” plan, sending $600 stimulus checks to those with incomes below $30,000.

However, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) found that may not help those most adversely affected by the pandemic and the agency proposed sending out higher payments, but only to those who weren’t eligible for federal aid.

A report from the LAO, a nonpartisan government agency that provides fiscal and policy advice to the state legislature, suggested California send $1,800 payments to ITIN filers—resident and nonresident immigrants who cannot get a Social Security number—with incomes below $30,000. Costing about half the amount of Newsom’s plan, the leftover funds could be used to help undocumented workers who don’t use an ITIN, according to the LAO.

Despite the plan, Newsom may have lost younger voters.

Isaiah Navarro is a Lancaster Paraclete High football player, who is hoping to play college football.

Navarro is one of many high school football players in California starved for an opportunity to prove he can play at the collegiate level, but can’t prove it traditionally through gameplay due to the state’s health guidelines, which has prohibited youth sports competition due to COVID-19 since March 2020.

“Isaiah is a three-year starter, gained 20 pounds this offseason and can definitely play college football,” Herrington said. “I think he’s representing thousands of high school kids right now in California that are frustrated to see more than 30 other states play football.”

Sadly for Newsom, many parents whose children are struggling with the continuing lockdowns and arcane rules are probably chomping at the bit to remove him from office two years early.

 

 
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