Morning briefing: Newsom’s recall election, another outbreak of COVID-19 and going outside this weekend



gHello, LA It’s July 2nd.

Lieutenant Governor of California announced yesterday this Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election on September 14.

“I think we have chosen a fair and reasonable date for the holding of this election,” Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis said in a statement. “It has always been my intention to choose an election date that gives election officials and the public sufficient time to ensure that the elections run smoothly with wide turnout. “

The effort to recall Newsom was has grown since February, after being reinforced when the governor was photographed without a mask at an indoor dinner after repeatedly urging Californians to cover up when socializing.

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At the California Republican Party’s spring organizing convention in February, CA GOP President Jessica Millan Patterson called Newsom a “hypocrite” who “arrogantly tells us how to live our life while openly refusing to do the same.”

Newsom remained largely silent on the recall effort until March, when he tweeted: “I won’t be distracted by this partisan and Republican reminder – but I will fight it. There is too much at stake. “

In May, most California voters were relatively indifferent in the reminder; less than half of those polled by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies said they had a “high degree of interest” in the election. This may be due in part to the fact that the recall and anti-recall efforts appear to be largely supported by very wealthy donors on both sides of the political spectrum.

The reminder bulletin will consist of only two questions. First: should we recall Gavin Newsom? And second: if he is recalled, who should replace him?

At the last count, 55 people filed a declaration of intention to appear, including former Olympian and reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and former Sacramento area congressman Doug Ose.

Read on to find out more about what’s going on in LA, and stay safe there.

What else you need to know today

Weekend readings

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s hard enough to keep up with our day-to-day lives, let alone keep up with the news. But if you have some time this weekend, here’s what you might have missed:

Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women in Los Angeles (LAist)

Rafael Aguiar Batiz, master roaster and coffee buyer, emigrated from Sinaloa to Pasadena at the age of 15 to avoid falling into the drug trade. (The Opinion)

Britney Spears’ guardianship is complicated – here’s what you need to know. (The list)

An icon burger attached to Watts risks being evicted by the city. (The Sentinel)

This echo park lingerie store sells clothes for all sizes and genders. (The Eastside)

Boyle heights held its very first Pride event. (LAist)

Memo’s Munchies, a vendor in Boyle Heights, has a lock on the elotes market, including a few of his specialties: Hot Cheetos and Takis Elotes. (Boyle Heights Beat)

Before you go … This week’s outdoor pick: Rancho Palos Verdes Coastal Trail

Ranchos Palos Verdes (Photo by Dylan Andersen via LAist Featured Photo Pool on Flickr)

Get rid of those holiday weekend beers, burgers, and hot dogs as you make your way to the coast for a moderate five-mile round-trip hike with great views of the ocean, caves, and coves. The trail is popular so expect a lot of company. Access the trailhead and the park in the parking lot on La Rotonda Drive and the Trump National Golf Course parking lot.

Or, you could: Celebrate Independence Day with drive-thru movies and fireworks. Hiked on a popular coastal path. Attend Black LA Pride events. Grab Kool and the Band. Take the family to Bubblefest. Bring your appetite to the reopening of a fantastic food market. And more.

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