RECALL OF CALIFORNIA’S EXECUTIVE BRANCH

The officials who have received recall notices are:

  1. Gavin Newsom – Governor. Served

  2. Eleni Kounalakis – Lt Governor. Not Yet Served

  3. Alex Padilla – Secretary of State. Not Yet Served

  4. Xavier Becerra – Attorney General. Not Yet Served

  5. Betty Yee – State Controller. Not Yet Served

  6. Fiona Ma – Treasurer. Not Yet Served

  7. Ricardo Lara – Insurance Commissioner. Not Yet Served

RECALL - Current Status

James Veltmeyer served Gavin Newsom  the first Notice of Intent to Recall on August 5, 2019 which was rejected. James Veltmeyer served Gavin Newsom a second Notice of Intent to Recall on August 26, 2019. The Notice of Intent to recall was verified and the Petition to Recall Gavin Newsom approved on September 27, 2019 .

Erin Cruz served Gavin Newsom the first Notice of Intent to Recall in March 2019 which was rejected. Erin Cruz served Gavin Newsom a second Notice of Intent to Recall  on August 1, 2019. The Notice of Intent to Recall was verified and the Petition to Recall Gavin Newsom approved on September 6, 2019.

RECALL PROCEDURE STEPS

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STEP 1 - PREPARE THE NOTICE OF INTENTION TO RECALL (ELEC §11006)

Collection of signatures from registered voters - Minimum 65 for executive level offices qualified for June 2018. All signatures are verified by the election officials.

STEP 2 - SERVE AND FILE THE NOTICE OF INTENTION (ELEC §11006)

Served on Gavin Newsom:

August 2, 2019 RAN Action Fund.

August 26, 2019 James Veltmeyer.

STEP 3 - PUBLISH THE NOTICE OF INTENTION (GOV §6000 et seq: ELEC §11022-11023)

Published NOI for Gavin Newsom on August 8, 2019 RAN Action Fund.

STEP 4 - OBTAIN AND FILE PROOF OF PUBLICATION (ELEC §11042)
STEP 5 - ANSWER OF RECALLEE (ELEC §11023)

Recallee has seven (7) days after the filing date to respond. Recallee is not required to respond.

 

Gavin Newsom filed one response to both Erin Cruz  and James Veltmeyer on August 9, 2019.

STEP 6 - PREPARE THE RECALL PETITION (ELEC §11041, §11043.5)

Completed:

Erin Cruz

James Veltmeyer

STEP 7 - RECEIVE APPROVAL OF THE RECALL PETITION (ELEC §11042)

September 6, 2019, the Secretary of State’s office approved petitions for
circulation for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom submitted by the Erin Cruz . Cruz Campaign Petition to Recall Newsom

 

 

September 27, 2019, the Secretary of State’s office approved petitions for circulation for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom submitted by James Veltmeyer.

 

 

STEP 8 - DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec. 14(b); ELEC §11221(c)) 

The minimum number of valid signatures required to qualify the recall is
1,495,709 (12% of the 12,464,235 votes cast in the last election for Governor).
Valid signatures must be obtained from at least five counties and in each of those
counties must equal at least 1% of the last vote for Governor.

STEP 9 - CIRCULATE THE RECALL PETITION (ELEC §102-103, §11045, §11047, §11108(b), §11303

The Cruz effort's Petition to Recall Gavin Newsom is available or download.

 

The Veltmeyer effort's Petitions to Recall Gavin Newsom are available for download.

STEP 10 - FILE THE PETITIONS (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec 14(a);ELEC §11102-11103)

Currently the Cruz Campaign has not authorized any parties to directly submit completed petition to County Registrars. All petitions (min 500,000 pages) must be submitted by Erin Cruz to all 58 County Registrars.

STEP 11 - DUTIES OF THE COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS (ELEC §9031(b), §11104, §11107, §11108)

Each county elections official must report to the Secretary of State 30 days after
a recall has been initiated and every 30 days thereafter all of the following:

1) the number of signatures submitted during that 30-day period
ending five days previously, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays;

2) the cumulative total of all signatures received since the initiation of the recall through the period ending five days previously, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays;

3) the number of valid signatures, verified pursuant to Section 11104(b), submitted during the previous reporting period, and of valid signatures
verified during the current reporting period; and

4) the cumulative total of all valid signatures that have been verified since the initiation of the recall and ending five days previously, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. (§§ 11104, 11107).

 

Status Report due from each County for Cruz Effort:

October 7, 2019

November 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

January 6, 2020

February 5, 2020

March 6, 2020

 

Status Report due from each County for Veltmeyer Effort:

OCT 28, 2019

NOV 27, 2019

DEC 27, 2019

JAN 27, 2020

FEB 26, 2020

MAR 27, 2020

STEP 12 - DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec 14(c);ELEC §11108, §11109)

 Secretary of State verifies the certified signature count from each county. 

STEP 13 - DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE (ELEC §11108)

FJLB has thirty (30) days to provide a recall election cost estimate.

STEP 14 - NOTICE OF RECALL ELECTION (ELEC §11110)
STEP 15 - RECALL ELECTION (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec 15(a); (ELEC §11110)

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How to Identify a Legitimate Recall

  1. A legitimate Recall names the elected official(s) that are the subject of the recall.

  2. A legitimate Recall requires all petitions be signed in person, aka “live”.

  3. A legitimate Recall checks to ensure all petitions are signed by registered voters.

  4. A legitimate Recall must have a Campaign Finance Committee (FPPC#) registered with the State to record and manage all donations for the recall.

    • The Campaign Committee Title must include the reason a committee is being formed i.e. “to recall” along with the name(s) of the recallee(s).
    • This is mandatory to raise funds for ANY recall.

California Campaign Committee Lookup:

http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/

Warning Signs - Your Data is Being Mined

1. You are asked to sign an online petition and make a donation towards “a recall”. This is data mining not a legitimate recall effort.

  • State law requires all petitions have original (live) signatures.
  • State law requires that each signature is that of a registered voter.
  • State law requires the signature match that of the registered voter.

       No online petition or online activity will satisfy any required step in the recall process. All signatures must be live and verifiable. No exceptions.

2. The requester has an FPPC # that does not include the recallee name(s) or indicate the Committee has been formed for a recall effort.

3. Donations made to a FPPC# that does not indicate it’s purpose is for a recall are subject to being used for whatever purpose the Committee sees fit.

Role of Take California Back in the Recall Process

Take California Back will publish procedural recall requirements, status of the current/upcoming recalls and manage the grassroots support and recall volunteers.