DA George Gascon survived one recall effort, can he survive another?

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The group pushing for a recall of Los Angeles DA George Gascon fell well short of the 580,000 signatures needed by late October to get the recall on the ballot. Today the group announced they would be trying again.


A new effort was announced on Monday, Dec. 6, to try to oust Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon from office within months of a similar recall campaign falling short.

Supporters of the recall could begin collecting signatures in January or February, according to Karen Roseberry, a spokeswoman for Recall Gascon Now.

“The people are frustrated. Crime is rising,” Roseberry said. “There is no reason we can’t get him recalled.”

We’ll have to wait and see how the revived effort goes but one thing is certain: Crime is going up. LA Magazine published a piece today saying even some of his supporters are having buyer’s remorse.

Since his ascension in December 2020, the former San Francisco D.A. has done away with cash bail, sentencing enhancements, charging of juveniles as adults and eliminated gang affiliation from sentencing. His office also no longer prosecutes suspects arrested for certain low-level felonies

Now a rocky year-and-a half later, in the midst of a national crime wave, these same reforms are provoking outrage from victims’ rights groups, and even some of Gascon’s most ardent supporters are showing signs of buyer’s remorse.

The city has been rocked by smash-and-grab robberies where gangs of thieves storm high-end stores and make off with armloads of expensive good, as well as a rash of “follow-home” robberies—some targeting celebrities like Real Housewives star Dorit Kemsley—and a steady uptick in property crimes like shoplifting and vehicle break-ins. Violent crime has risen for two years in a row, and this year L.A. is on track to record the most murders in the city since 2006.


Gascon is also under fire over the recent murder of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, an 81-year-old woman murdered in her home by a repeat offender who broke into her home:

“It’s a s–t show over here,” said LAPD Det. Jamie McBride, a director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a police union. “Bad guys are released quicker than we can finish the paper work, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”…

The elderly couple’s quiet lives were upended at around 2:23 a.m. Wednesday when cops say career criminal Aariel Maynor broke into their home and fatally shot Jacqueline Avant, 81. Clarence Avant was home but not hurt…

Maynor, who is currently hospitalized under armed guard, was in violation of parole at the time of his arrest and “it didn’t sound as if he was reporting to his parole agent at all,” Stainbrook said. Police say he will be charged Monday…

“With this guy’s history, with prison priors, he absolutely should still be in jail,” said McBride “He should have gotten a longer sentence. For his rap sheet and the violent crimes he’s been involved in, he should never have been offered a plea bargain.”

In short, things are not going well in Los Angeles right now and it seems to be slowly dawning on more and more people that DA Gascon is part of the problem. But one thing I’ve learned from watching problems play out up and down the west coast is that it takes a long time for residents of deep blue cities to admit they’ve made a mistake. It will likely be a while before they collectively decide Gascon was a step too far.


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