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Locals contribute over $3.4M to fight Newsom recall

Original post made on Aug 26, 2021

With the California recall election less than three weeks away, the campaign fighting the effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom has established a commanding lead in cash raised -- with local donors playing a major role.

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:22 am

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Palo Alto Developer Boyd Smith supports a right-wing talk show host Larry Elder, giving him $2000. Way to go, Boyd supporting a propagandizer who has NO qualifications or experience to even run for city council, let alone to govern California, the 5th largest economy in the world.

The Governor may appoint a replacement for 88-year old Sen. Feinstein should she die before her term expires. The Gov. will write the budget, have great power over how the federal infrastructure funds will be spent. Yet you want Elder to be in the exective post where 1 in 10 in the U.S. live.

Recall is only intended for corruption, serious malfeasance or substantial misconduct. Read the reasons for Recall in your County Registrar information Guide, pg. 10 - all are political and a misuse of Recall.

No one who believes in democracy should vote other than NO. Any of those listed, even leading candidate Elder, can win with a pittance of votes (18%, whatever), no matter how clownish. Don't vote for any of them.



Posted by Trofim Lysenko
a resident of Menlo Park

on Aug 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2021 at 1:43 pm

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If this is what people want to do with their hard earned money, more power to them. We prefer the local food bank, a local animal rescue, kids programs and homeless shelters, etc. I guess we're more old fashioned than I thought we were, and that's okay.


Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm

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Gov. Newsom has been in office for nearly three years. Several issues should have been addressed in the last three years. Issues like fire, homeowners insurance, water, farming, budgets, and schools are not being addressed by Gov. Newsom. Solutions are possible, but Newsom seems unable to make proposals. What I see is a failure to provide solutions. Newsom wasn't a very good Mayor, why should we expect any improvement. If Democrats feel this is an attempt to get a Republican elected select another Democrat. That is what I did. If Newsom survives the recall he will probably be defeated next year. As a voter, I don't see a solution Governor, I see a blame Governor. Newson seems to always blame someone else for problems. He needs a strong staff to guide him, but I don't see that coming.


Posted by John Harvard
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2021 at 12:39 pm

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Felix - Your comment is ridiculous. Why did you choose to single out Boyd Smith? He gave $2000 and yet you don't comment on John Chambers who gave 10x that amount? What about Mike Moritz who is funding most of the recall. There are plenty of "liberals" fed up with Gavin's poor governance.

Gavin Newsom is a disgrace and hasn't done his job. San Francisco is a mess. Homelessness, crime, drugs and feces. This state has experienced a mass exodus from people sick and tired of the high taxes, poor schools, homelessness, exorbitant cost of living, no plan for water, government overreach on Covid (DiFi, Pelosi, Newsom who didn't "mask up" when it didn't suit them), unfriendly business environment, $11bn of welfare fraud, open borders, etc. etc. etc.

People are welcome to express their opinions and shouldn't be subjected to, or publicly shamed and/or bullied for exercising their political conscience. Try to offer freedom of thought and speech to both sides. Ironically, the people most focused on "tolerance" are the least tolerant.

Shame on you.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 30, 2021 at 3:39 pm

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This is interesting. The donations buy media time and campaign collateral. Media time is used for spin and collateral is used to buy name recognition. When I see or hear too much spin about any candidate, especially an incumbent, I wonder who that person is kidding or trying to convince. Any incumbent should be able to rely on his or her record and not need $58 MILLION worth of ads, lawns signs, and slick mailers to convince us that he or she is doing a good job. $58 MILLION. Imagine the good that money could do if dedicated to schools, affordable housing, support for the homeless.


Posted by Leslie York
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 2, 2021 at 2:23 am

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What makes anyone think Larry Elder would be better than Newsom? Elder is wholly unqualified to run the state and is to the right of Attila the Hun. As a Republican he would likely mess with voting rights as has happened in the South. Elder is ahead in the polls and that's who you'll wind up with if Newsom is recalled. The devil you know vs. the devil you don't.


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 6, 2021 at 11:12 am

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@Leslie York: that Elder is doing as well as he is is pretty stunning, but it reveals a couple of things about CA: this state may not be as blue as it was when Newsom was elected and support for Newsom may be waning. He is still the front guy on fundraising and we are going to see and hear more of him for the next few weeks, but that alone speaks to a much bigger problem: our political model. A candidate should win b/c he or she is deemed by voters to be the most capable person, not b/c he or she is backed by an effective political machine that can drown the opposition in ads and air time. How effective has the super majority in Sacramento really been? Is PG&E under control? Schools adequately funded? Homelessness decreasing? Crime decreasing? Forestry programs proving effective? Transportation better?
Roads better? (101 is garbage heap). Are there effective plans for increasing water supply and availability? Elder's not the answer but I think it would be beneficial for our representation in Sacramento to be more diverse and accountable; the status quo isn't improving anything.


Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2021 at 11:56 am

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Man, Newsom's really raking it in from the locals. Nothing to see here...


Posted by community member
a resident of University South
on Sep 7, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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Have you actually looked at what Elder advocates?
He is more neanderthal than Trump. Against women's rights, against masks (yes, believe it), against unemployment insurance, and more.
He's a Trump wannabe.
Want to live under a right wing dictator? I don't.


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