Following another surge in new COVID cases in California, the Governor and the mayors of large cities fell back on what’s become their standard response: more lockdown orders. We learned this week that as many as 33 million Californians are now under orders to stay at home or are expected to be in the coming days. Business owners are being hit equally hard, many of whom were only just getting up and running again after the last round of lockdowns. But this time something seems different. Not all of them are willing to go gentle into that good night and many are rejoining a push to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. It would take a lot of signatures to bring such a measure to fruition, but the number of people participating is once again surging. (CBS Sacramento)
California’s looming restrictions based on regional intensive care unit capacities are reigniting an effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom.
Many Sacramento area business owners are now backing the campaign. The campaign was born in June of this year and now has half of the signatures it needs to call for a special election by March.
Small business owners said Newsom’s latest decision was the last straw.
“It’s hard on everyone,” said Crystal Mitchell.
In order to force Gavin Newsom to stand before the wheel in a recall election, supports will need to submit 1.6 million signatures. So far they’ve collected more than 800,000 so they’re more than halfway to their goal. But unlike the original grassroots effort, now we’re seeing a significant number of business owners getting in on the action. Crystal Mitchell, quoted in the linked article above, owns a hair salon and has sunk a fortune into the process of complying with all of the state’s COVID mandates, only to be shut down yet again. Now she has a copy of the petition and a sheet for signatures hanging in her window. One of her hairdressers has been volunteering up to twelve hours per week, going door-to-door and trying to get other small business owners to follow suit.