Recall of Gavin Newsom revving up as California battles coronavirus tyranny

Recall Gavin Newsom California

An effort to recall Gavin Newsom is revving up in California as citizens continue their battle against coronavirus tyranny.

Last week I wrote about Newsom’s latest round of dictator-styled stay-at-home orders for Southern California and the San Juaquin Valley, impacting some 33 million people where he mandated the closure of indoor and outdoor playgrounds, bars, wineries, hair and nail salons, barber shops, theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums and cardrooms.

Newsom also ordered restaurants to only offer take-out or delivery service with no indoor or outdoor dining allowed, and he banned non-essential and hotel stays for leisure; retail stores were allowed to stay open at 20 percent of maximum occupancy.

In response to Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus tyranny, two California legislators filed a brief with a state appeals court to limit his ability to issue executive orders indefinitely.

If the court agrees with the lawmakers, “it would be one of the biggest checks on the California governor’s executive authority in times of state emergencies,” according to Phil Wilson at the Los Angeles Times.

In a textbook example of what the constitutional power of the local sheriff to choose not to enforce unconstitutional mandates, sheriffs in Orange and Riverside Counties announced that they would not be enforcing Gavin Newsom’s lockdown orders, calling them a display of the governor’s “dictatorial attitude” toward Californians.

Still, with Newsom indicating that he intends to keep California in lock down through the summer, a growing number of counties have signed a resolution rejecting coronavirus tyranny and his executive orders, and a grassroots movement to gather the number of votes needed to submit a petition to recall him as governor is revving up.

As we learn in an article on, Gavin Newsom’s days as California governor could be numbered.

The latest county to sign the Healthy Communities Resolution is the Orange County Board of Supervisors, joining Northern California counties to grow a statewide movement to end the governor’s lockdown, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a co-author of the resolution, said.

Meanwhile, a grassroots effort has expanded statewide to recall Newsom as governor. According to the recall petition, “Pursuant to the California Constitution and California election laws,” the petitioners “demand an election of a successor” to the governor’s office.

The recall effort began Feb. 20 and has so far gained 800,000 verified signatures. The vendor is still counting the signatures, the recall petition website states, and “The movement is building steam and gaining momentum rapidly.”

In order to be legally considered, the petition needs to obtain 1,495,709 valid signatures by March 10, 2021.

Directed at Newsom, the petition states, “Pursuant to section11020, California Elections Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of the State of California, hereby give notice, we are the proponents of a recall petition and we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Governor in the State of California and to demand election of a successor in that office.”

The petition states that the grounds for the recall are laws Newsom has implemented that are detrimental to Californians, including endorsing favor of foreign nationals over citizens, implementing the highest taxes in the nation, not solving the highest homelessness rate in the nation, and overseeing the lowest quality of life and highest poverty level in the nation.

Newsom has imposed “sanctuary state status and failed to enforce immigration laws,” the petition states. “He has unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty, and seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights. Having no other recourse, we the people have come together to take this action, remedy these misdeeds and prevent further injustices.”

While the California governor is pretending that this is nothing to worry about, is reporting that his staff is “increasingly concerned” about the effort to recall Gavin Newsom.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has already survived five long-shot recall attempts in his two years in office, but those close to him are reportedly worried that the current recall effort amidst frustration over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic could prove successful.

Near the bottom of a Politico report on Newsom’s chief of staff Ann O’Leary preparing to depart Sacramento for a potential job in the Biden administration rests this spicy nugget: “As Newsom begins his third full year in office, the governor’s team is increasingly concerned with a long-shot conservative recall that could mushroom into a major threat in 2021 if it attracts significant financial support.”

The report also states, “Sources close to Newsom said the governor’s office has been disorganized over the past month and has not responded effectively to damaging headlines” including his French Laundry trip, controversial new stay-at-home order and delay in naming Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ replacement in the United States Senate. In addition, most of the state’s public schools remain closed while they are open in other deep blue states such as New York and Massachusetts, and small business owners were particularly irate over the lack of evidence presented to support certain business closures.

The Chronicle’s Phil Matier talked to some of the recall leaders for his Wednesday column, and organizers agree that with more financial support, they could probably garner enough signatures to force the state’s first recall election since Gray Davis was recalled in 2003.

“Every day he gives us a new and interesting reason for people to sign,” retired Yolo County Sheriff’s Department sergeant and recall leader Orrin Heatlie told Matier.

California has succeeded in recall efforts in the past. Democrat Governor Gray Davis was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003 after being recalled over the state’s energy crisis and statewide, planned rolling blackouts.

Dictators like Gavin Newsom are exploiting coronavirus hysteria to destroy liberty in order to pave the way for a more socialistic, tyrannical government. Coronavirus tyranny will succeed unless we rise up at the state and local levels of government to take back our God-given liberty.

I’m not saying that we ignore Washington, but it’s important we realize that our best chance of success at defeating dictators like Gavin Newsom and coronavirus tyranny will now and forever remain with “we the people.”

By the way, if you’re in California and would like to sign the petition to recall Gavin Newsom, you can click here for a petition locator tool to find a recall location near you.


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