Last week, I reported that the recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom movement hit the 1.5 million signature milestone, which is the minimum to get a recall vote on the ballot.

However, as many astute readers noted, the signatures will undergo microscopic inspection before officials approve them. So, the petitioners continue to gather signatures. They collected another 200,000.

[Orrin Heatlie, recall proponent] said the campaign has collected some 1.7 million signatures to date, with almost 1.3 million submitted to elections officials — though not all of those were delivered in time to be included in the report released Friday.

The threshold for qualifying a recall petition — enough signatures to equal 12% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election — is set in state law. If successful, it would fall to Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to schedule the election, no later than 80 days after certification by Weber. A number of other steps are built into the elaborate process, including reviews of the election cost by state finance officials and the Legislature, and a 30-day window in which voters who signed the recall petition can ask to have their signatures withdrawn if they’ve changed their mind.

The fact that this recall effort has unexpectedly garnered so much support has shocked California’s Democratic elites hard, as evidenced by this response.

Dan Newman, a campaign spokesman for Newsom, said the recall is not what voters want to think about in the coming weeks and months.

“Californians want to stay focused on vaccinations, reopenings, relief and recovery — without the distraction and expense of a $100 million, hyperpartisan Republican recall circus,” he said in a statement.

I suspect Newman is going to be surprised Californians can do both at the same time.

Meanwhile, Californians saw a big win in trying to return some sense of normalcy to their children.

In a lawsuit filed by two local high school athletes, a Vista judge sided heavily with Torrey Pines Football Coach Ron Gladnick, allowing the resumption of outdoor youth sports with modifications in counties with case rates at or below 14 per 100,000.

Although this ruling is strictly for San Diego County, it sets a precedent for other counties, Coach Gladnick noted.

Weekly testing is required for all athletes and coaches in the sports.

Testing will be paid for by the state and results will come back within 24 hours.

Coach Gladnick mentioned he told his kids the morning of the ruling, “You’ve never seen such an explosion of spontaneous joy in your whole life.”

Furthermore, restaurant owners in Carlsbad (a city neighboring San Diego) are not waiting for California officials’ permission to reopen indoor dining.

Attorney Michael Curran represents the restaurants that are defying the County and State by returning to indoor dining under the banner of a “Constitutional peaceful protest.”

The businesses said they’re never going back despite COVID-19 regulations.

KUSI’s Dan Plante joined the restaurateurs in Carlsbad, and spoke with Attorney Michael Curran live during the 4:00 PM hour of Good Evening San Diego.

Members of our old “Tea Party” group will be meeting next Saturday afternoon at the Carlsbad Brewing Company for a “Beer Summit.” It seems we are getting the band back together, and you are welcome to join us.

Just tell them that you are peaceful protesting, and the proprietors in Carlsbad will seat you where you want. When we established the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition a dozen years ago this week, little did we realize that gathering together for a pint would be an act of protest.


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