SACRAMENTO — The California Secretary of State’s office approved March 11, petitions to recall California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The 160-day circulation period ends Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
An effort to recall California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) was launched on February 14, 2020. The petition has been filed with the office of Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D).
Erin Cruz, Kit Nelson, Michele Rene Guerra, Tanner Carpenter, James R. Wichmann, Eric W. Kelley, David Downing, Dale Tumer, Helga Katharina Brezina, Erik Macgillivray Elness, and Patrick B. Williams are all proponents of the recall against Becerra.
The petition lists the following reasons for recall, “Mismanaging of our legal system, hostile policy oversight, wasting public monies and resources, and lack of leadership have led to deterioration of California communities, rise in crime, poor schools, crumbling infrastructure, outrageous rise of costs from gas to utilities, and especially a mass housing crisis, frightening increase in homelessness, and insurmountable debt. Frivolous lawsuits by the State of California are costing taxpayers millions of dollars, burdening our once great state.
“Massive increased public safety risk by continued undermining of the United States Constitution, allowing the erosion of the California Constitution, and defying Federal Immigration laws, allowing laws and policies protecting and helping illegal aliens. Putting Californians and United States Citizens, including our veterans last.”
After the recall was announced, Becerra made the following statement in response to the effort, “In November 2018, 2 of every 3 California voters elected me to serve as our state's Attorney General and chief law enforcement officer. I promised to fight to protect our families from the likes of sex traffickers, corporate cheats, criminal street gangs, and influence peddlers. That's what I've done.
“Because those are our values. I've prosecuted violent criminals and taken thousands of guns off our streets. I'm taking on opioid manufacturers and vaping companies that poison our youth and families. We defeated predatory financial actors who targeted veterans, seniors and college students. We're protecting Californians' privacy over the internet. And, we're in court fighting for your right to healthcare. But, mostly, we're winning. In court, on the streets, and against Washington.
“We've protected the air you breathe, the water you drink...your right to privacy...and your children from sexual predators. I've been fighting for California values all my life. That's my job now as AG: to protect the safety, well-being and future of our families. I will never back down.”
Becerra was appointed as California's attorney general in 2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) after Kamala Harris (D) was sworn into the U.S. Senate. He was elected to the position in the Nov. 2018 general election with 64% of the vote against Republican opponent Steven Bailey.
The governor is required to call a recall election to be held not less than 60 days nor more than 80 day from the date of certification of sufficient signatures.
County election officials are not required to verify signatures until notified by the Secretary of State that the proponents have submitted at least 147,076 signatures, or 10 percent of the total signatures required to qualify the recall for the ballot.