The Rescue California PAC has announced its team has reached the required 1.5 million signatures to force a recall measure on the state’s ballot this year. If verified, the decision whether to remove Governor Newsom will be in the hands of the state’s voters this November.
Because the group expects attempts to invalidate some signatures, their new goal is to reach two million signatures by the March 17 deadline. With plummeting approval ratings in recent California polls, Governor Newsom’s pandemic restrictions remain a top concern.
The PAC’s website offers a wide range of reasons from those signing the petition. For example, Ken from San Diego County notes he signed the petition because, “Governor Gavin Newsom granted early release to thousands of prisoners because he was more concerned about protecting criminals from COVID-19 than protecting the public from the criminals. One of those prisoners, Martin Alvarez Jr., was arrested and charged with murdering Michael Wagley on August 16.”
One of Governor Newsom’s most critical attacks came when the public discovered he and 22 other guests enjoyed a French fine dining restaurant experience without wearing masks at the same time the state was under lockdown. Plus, nearly a year has gone by since California public schools were shut down, most have yet to return to in-person learning.
COVID-19 restrictions are not the only concern. For many, taxes have made living standards unbearable. California holds the highest state income tax, one of the highest state sales tax percentages, one of the highest state property taxes in the nation, and the highest vehicle registration costs in America.
With the highest tax rates in all of America you’d think California would be a jewel—meticulously clean, perfectly paved roads, no unsightly homeless people bothering you, etc. The opposite is true though. Despite residents paying high taxes, California has the nation’s highest poverty rate and highest homeless rate in the nation.
California lawmakers make things even worse with their liberal ideology by putting residents needs behind those of illegal immigrants. In California illegal immigrants are given welfare, medical insurance, house, education, and food stamps. It is even legal in California for non-citizens to sit on state boards.
And if you want to buy a house in California? You might want to reconsider, especially if you are in San Francisco, where the median home price is now nearly $1.3 million. Even the average rent is $2,298 a month.
It’s no surprise many are moving outside of California, despite its ideal climate and coasts. As a state, the population declined by 135,600 people in 2020. Businesses have left as well, including tech giants like Oracle, as well as Elon Musk’s Tesla uprooting to Texas. Leaving the Golden State has become its own industry, with companies now specializing in relocating residents to locations with more affordable housing, lower taxes, and fewer COVID-19 restrictions.
Elsewhere, conservative-led states such as Florida and Texas continue to flourish. Texas even took advantage of California’s restrictions to host the Rose Bowl in Arlington, allowing fans to still take part. Florida has perhaps been the most aggressive to pick up new business, with the state even proposing to host the 2021 Summer Olympic Games.
But in California, Newsom’s job security is no longer a joke. The numbers are there, and he’s going to have a real fight on his hands in making the case for why he should remain governor after 2021 much sooner than he thought.