Recall fever strikes California as angry voters take on politicians in large numbers

"I've never seen a worse time for being a local elected official," Parks said, describing a level of vitriol unlike anything she has previously encountered. "I feel sorry for the school boards. I feel sorry for my fellow supervisors. I feel sorry for my city council members."...

During the first five months of 2021, active recall efforts — those in which an official step has been taken — have targeted at least 68 local officials in California, according to a Times analysis. The total has already surpassed the number of local recall attempts seen during four of the last five years in California, according to Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan website that tracks American politics and elections.

Santa Clara County typically deals with one or two recall attempts in a year. So far this year, eight local officials — all school board members — have been targeted.

Paperwork for five recall attempts has been filed this year in San Francisco — the same number filed there during the previous 15 years. The two dueling campaigns to recall Dist. Atty. Chesa Boudin and campaigns to recall three members of the San Francisco school board have all drawn a slew of publicity.

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