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Are small business owners angry enough at Gavin Newsom to throw him out of office?

Original post made on Aug 23, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns slammed small business owners. But opinions vary on whether that should lead to a Newsom recall.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2021 at 9:40 am

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Even those who are traditionally Democratic voters are angry with the way they have been treated by Newsom. It isn't just small restaurant owners, but many with other types of businesses who struggled for at least part of the pandemic. Building and construction was halted, gardeners were unable to work, janitors and housekeepers in offices and hotels, etc. etc. have all had their ability to run their small business interrupted by the lockdown. Many of these small businesses are independent from the large or even medium sized employers with whom they contracted their work and they were often family run which meant that nobody in their family was able to earn money.

We all know about the empty store fronts in downtown areas that will never open with their previous tenant. What we don't see are the many invisible businesses we don't see who are in the same situation.

As has been said inaccurately so many times that we are all in the same boat during the pandemic, the truth is we are all in the same storm but some are in luxury yachts, some in oceanworthy motor boats, and others are in leaky rowboats. Newsom has not handled his public image well for those in the leaky rowboats, let alone many of the others also.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 24, 2021 at 10:57 am

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Newsom has really hurt small business owners. He's hurt a lot of Californians as well. Whether you're purple, red or blue how can you not notice his failures -- fires, lockdowns, schools, crime and homelessness.

The LA Times is reporting his biggest problem is "likeability." The article states he's "long winded and repetitive" on TV, but pleasant, etc. one on one. He's long winded and repetitive in person too. Likeability will get you elected, and lack thereof will hinder you in a recall election. I believe lack of competence and intellect hinders our "beloved" governor. He has a hard time relating to the average person, and we need someone well-rounded. I wish him well.


Posted by Seth Rogers
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 24, 2021 at 12:37 pm

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I am voting for Newsome, not because I consider him a terrific CA governor but because he shut down the businesses and venues that can easily spread the coronavirus.

We already have enough restaurants and to date, my hair has grown 9 inches as hair salons should remain closed as well.

And the same goes for those frivolous toe nail salons...like who cares what stupid green or black color your toe nails are?


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

Growing numbers of Democrats, Republicans and small business owners want Newsom out. He has failed the state on many levels and demonstrated that he has no leadership ability or substance. He is all about optics and right now, they're very bad. The cost of the recall is worth every penny to get him out of office now. He takes credit for a 29 billion dollar surplus (most of it federal COVID relief money) but has done nothing with it. He has not addressed the homeless problem other than to provide lip service. We have roads in disrepair, the EDD scandal, a failing public education system, a water management crisis, forest and fire management problems and a host of other issues he has done nothing about. Why wait? Get rid of him now and send a message to Sacramento politicians that we're tired of failure. The worst thing that could happen is nothing changes for two years because of one party rule in the state capitol and we get to select someone new in 2022. Select someone new in 2022! Bumper sticker material for sure.


Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 24, 2021 at 3:17 pm

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I long for the "Good Old Days" of Jerry Brown. I'm thoroughly disgusted with Newsom's performance as Governor, particularly his incompetent, waffling, indecisive, and cowardly approach to fighting Covid-19 coherently and consistently. BUT, I will be voting NO RECALL in the election because as bad as he is, Newsom will be out on his ear in a little over a year and hopefully someone far more competent will replace him. Why NO RECALL? Because all of the leading Republicans are far more incompetent and potentially destructive than Gavin. "Better the devil you know than the devils you don't", particularly when those devils are unabashed and insanely proud tRUMP supporters.


Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2021 at 4:22 pm

Me 2 is a registered user.

"Newsom will be out on his ear in a little over a year and hopefully someone far more competent will replace him"

In a one party state, that's a lot for which to hope. With our luck, we'll just get another lackey beholden to special interests groups that continue to shovel money towards campaigns with the expectation of the candidates to kow-tow to their demands.

Oh wait, that's already happening with Newsom.

As much as Newsom wants to tag this as a Republican effort, there aren't enough Republicans in this state to generate the support that this recall has generated.


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 24, 2021 at 4:40 pm

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

@ Me 2 .... the blame the recall on the Republicans strategy isn't working at all and Gav can't run on his record and he knows it. Bringing in Kamala, Warren and Joe to "campaign" (translation = beg) for him will make it even worse. He's very nervous right now.


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