Council member D’Amico registers lone “No” vote on Item 2R on the consent calendar.
|2.R.||A RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE RECALL ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA [L. HORVATH, J. LEONARD, A. LOVANO]:|
At this Monday’s City Council meeting Item 2R opposes ‘democracy’. Whether or not you intend to vote to recall Gavin Newsome, or for another candidate, the City Council voted against a free and fair recall election. Has the left began to look like the right once again?
The City Staff report summed up Item 2R this way:
The next regularly scheduled gubernatorial election in California will take place on June
7 (primary) and November 8 (general) in 2022. The fiscally responsible and
democratically appropriate course of action would have been for the governor’s
opponents to wait for the 2022 election cycle to vote for an alternative candidate.
Opposition to the recall election is consistent with the City’s core values and past
precedent. The last California gubernatorial recall to reach an election was in 2003. On
September 15, 2003, the City Council passed a similar resolution in opposition to the
recall election. At the time, the City Council believed the recall established a dangerous
precedent for eroding the electoral process. The Council also argued the $67 million on
the special election could have been better spent on education, healthcare, and public
Council member D’Amico had a different view in registering his no vote:
Item 2R on our agenda, I didn’t want to pull that item but thats a resolution in opposition of the recall election of the governor. And, I am certainly am not in favor of this recall election but it is a process. It does exist in our constitution, and I have to vote “No” on this because I just can’t really believe that I can support something that thwarts democracy. And it’s not the kind of democracy I like, I have already decided how I think, and most of us in this city are planning to vote, but this is a resolution in opposition of a recall election and a recall election is actually part of our constitution. It’s part of our city’s ordinances and think that the bigger picture is a better idea and that is to support democracy wherever it takes us. Rather than only support the parts of democracy that we like. So if the city clerk can register my no vote on item 2R.” Thank you very much Mayor.