In Los Angeles County, an elected official has to be in office for 90 days or more before an Intent to Recall with the required signatures can be filed. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón was sworn into the office on December 7, 2020, but Victim’s rights groups are now gearing up to file their notice of intent to formally begin the Gascón Recall effort; right on that 90-day mark of March 7, 2021.
The Recall Gascón website states:
“Made up of Over 40,000 Concerned Los Angeles County Citizens, Victims, and Deputy District Attorney’s who are being negatively impacted by District Attorney George Gascon’s policies. The group is a safe place.”
From the Los Angeles Times:
“Victims rights advocates on Saturday kicked off their recall campaign against newly elected Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón, who has vowed sweeping criminal justice reforms to the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office.
“The recall campaign group held a “victims vigil” outside the Hall of Justice downtown and planned to gather the minimum of 20 signatures required to file a notice of intent to formally begin the recall process next month. About 100 people attended the event, organizers said.”
— IW Anthony (@InformedAnthony) February 28, 2021
The Recall George Gascón campaign includes victims’ rights advocates, former law enforcement officials, and current and former prosecutors, including former L.A. County D.A. Steve Cooley. Former L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, and former county Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
RedState has reported on Gascón even before he was elected, but his excesses have received extensive coverage since he took office in December. Gascón’s radical policies have been blasted by other County D.A.s. Gascon has threated and intimidated his staff, and has retaliated against his Deputy D.A. for refusing to follow the new directives.
In other words, Gascón is setting the bar pretty low for the Recall effort to succeed.
— Valerie Carlson (@ValerieCarlso13) February 28, 2021
Gascón is firm in his agenda of directives that he claims will address racism, inequity, and reform the criminal justice system. The Victim’s Rights groups beg to differ, and so does Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who spoke at the vigil.
Today, victims rights advocates officially announced their intent to begin a campaign to recall L.A. DA George Gascon. L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke at the event, and announced his support for the recall. Gascon says data/science on his side.https://t.co/hPSgWYkgZM
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) February 28, 2021
“Gascon says data/science on his side“? Another California elected official said something similar, and the Recall efforts against him are going swimmingly. So, If Gascon continues in this vein, in the next few months, he might see himself trying to hang on to his job.