New Effort Planned to Try to Recall LA County DA George Gascon

New Police Chief Of San Francisco George Gascon Holds First News Conference

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A new effort was announced today to try to oust Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon from office within months of a similar recall campaign falling short.

Supporters of the recall could begin collecting signatures in January or February, according to Karen Roseberry, a spokeswoman for Recall Gascon Now.

``The people are frustrated. Crime is rising,'' Roseberry said. ``There is no reason we can't get him recalled.''

She noted that the city councils of 31 cities within Los Angeles County have issued ``no confidence'' votes involving Gascon.

In mid-September, organizers of the prior recall attempt said the effort was hampered by COVID-19 pandemic health mandates, along with a ``premature start'' and vowed to re-launch their bid to recall the county's top prosecutor, who was sworn in nearly a year ago.

Despite the failure of the original effort, organizers said then that they remained committed to recalling Gascon, who has come under fire from critics for a progressive agenda that has included directives against seeking the death penalty and dropping sentence-enhancing allegations in criminal cases.

Gascon has repeatedly defended his policies, saying his stances were well-known during his campaign and his election signified public support of his agenda.

A campaign spokesman told the Los Angeles Times the original recall drive had collected about 200,000 signatures. The group needed about 580,000 signatures by Oct. 26 to force a recall election.

Roseberry said organizers will probably need about that many verified signatures for the recall effort to go before voters.

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