Four Long Beach Councilmembers - Richardson, Allen, Zendejas, Saro -- Agendize Aug. 17 Council Item To Oppose Newsom Recall
|(Aug. 14, 2021, 7:05 a.m.) -- Four Long Beach City Councilmembers -- Vice Mayor Rex Richardson (lead agendizer) joined by Councilmembers Mary Zendejas, Cindy Allen and Suely Saro -- have agendized an August 17 Council item to oppose the petition-initiated recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom.
Their agendizing memo doesn't mention Newsom's name. Instead it recites recent Democrat partisan talking points, including an attack on CA's recall process itself.
...Since 1911, when California began approving recalls, 179 recall attempts have been made against state officeholders, and every governor since 1960 has faced as least one. Recall elections have become highly politicized, used as a tool to undermine the will of the people and remove someone from office who was fairly elected by a majority of voters, rather than as a tool to remove someone who is unfit for office.
The Council item asks the City Attorney to draft a resolution that would put the City of Long Beach on record -- and potentially enable the use of City taxpayer resources -- to oppose the Newsom recall. An agendizing memo Fiscal Impact statement says "No Financial Management review was able to be conducted due to the urgency and time sensitivity of this item." [The Newsom recall has been pending for months.]
If a Council majority approves the Aug. 17 item, the issue may return for a second vote on the resolution itself. [Alternatively, the Council may try to direct the City Attorney to copy an attached West Hollyood anti-recall resolution; it's not clear to us if LB City Attorney Parkin would would approve such a maneuever.]
The Long Beach City Council is nominally non-partisan but (since Beverly O'Neill's political embrace of Bill Clinton) has become highly politicized. Seven of LB's nine Councilmembers are Dems (and elected with Dem-allied campaign contributions) and Mayor Robert Garcia actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton, then Kamala Harris and eventually Joe Biden with post-election lockstep support for actions by Biden...and Newsom.
Aug. 15, 2:28 p.m. Added link to agendizing memo and added text indicating possibility of Council trying to avoid a second vote to approve resolution.
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