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History of San Diego

Before the arrival of Europeans, the Kumeyaay People inhabited the area that is now San Diego. John Rodriguez Cabrilla sailing for Spain was the first European to visit the area and claimed it for Spain. In November 1602 Sebastian Vizcaino surveyed the harbor of San Diego and named it for Saint Didacus who was known as San Diego de Alcala. In 1769 four groups of Spanish arrived in the area. IN May they established Fort Presidio of San Diego the first European

In 1821 Mexico became independent and San Diego achieved the status of pueblo. A major battle took place in San Diego during the Mexican American War. As part of the negotiations that ended the war, the US insisted that all of San Diego be part of the land the US gained as a result of the war.

The State of California joined the Union in 1850. San Diego became a city that year, and two years later it was bankrupt. The state-administered the city until 1889.

Late in the 1860s, the town began to move to an area around the bay which became known was new town while the original location became known as the old town. In 1878 the railroads arrived in San Diego and the town began to grow.

The Southern part of the city was set aside for military purposes, and that slowly grew. The US Navy established a Navy Coaling station in 1901, today that base has grown into the largest naval base in the world ( based on the number of ships based there) San Diego hosted two World Fairs the Panama California Exposition in 1915-16 and the California International Exposition in 1935-36. The first exposition formed the basis for the San Diego Zoo.

The city was a major center of the early aviation industry; Charles Lindbergh’s the Spirit of St Louis in which he crossed the Atlantic was manufactured by Ryan Air in San Diego



Introduction

Welcome to the California Highways home page. From this page, you can access a variety of information related to California highways and California highway history that I have collected over the years. I welcome comments and corrections to this information you may reach me by sending Email to [email protected]

This site should answer most of your questions. However, there still may be a few questions that aren't covered by the areas in the site. If you question remains unanswered after reviewing the site, please check the Other Frequently Asked Questions, and if that doesn't work, please send me email at [email protected] Another good source to getting questions answered is Caltrans itself (and you must use the Caltrans contacts if the question relates to potential legal issues).

Note: This is a hobbyist website. The California Highways Site is not affilated with or sponsored by Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, although I truly appreciate the support that Caltrans staff have provided me in doing research, and the kind words they have sent me regarding the information on this site. If you have questions concerning operation of the state highways, or that are of a legal or regulatory nature, please contact Caltrans directly at http://www.dot.ca.gov/. I'll be glad to answer any question I can, but this is a hobbyist site. If you are looking for the current status of a particular state route, try the Caltrans Highway Status page. The California Highway Patrol also maintains a Traffic Incident Page. If you have a maintenance problem to report, use the Caltrans Maintenance Report Form.


Early Feminists 

In his classic Republic, Plato advocated that women possess “natural capacities” equal to men for governing and defending ancient Greece. Not everyone agreed with Plato when the women of ancient Rome staged a massive protest over the Oppian Law, which restricted women’s access to gold and other goods, Roman consul Marcus Porcius Cato argued, 𠇊s soon as they begin to be your equals, they will have become your superiors!” (Despite Cato’s fears, the law was repealed.)

In The Book of the City of Ladies, 15th-century writer Christine de Pizan protested misogyny and the role of women in the Middle Ages. Years later, during the Enlightenment, writers and philosophers like Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, argued vigorously for greater equality for women.

Abigail Adams, first lady to President John Adams, specifically saw access to education, property and the ballot as critical to women’s equality. In letters to her husband John Adams, Abigail Adams warned, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice.”

The “Rebellion” that Adams threatened began in the 19th century, as calls for greater freedom for women joined with voices demanding the end of slavery. Indeed, many women leaders of the abolitionist movement found an unsettling irony in advocating for African Americans rights that they themselves could not enjoy.


The Gaslamp Shootings

San Diego Police Department Lt. Andra Brown said that at around 10:30 p.m. on April 22, police received reports of gunfire along the 500 block of J Street at Fifth Avenue, near the Pendry San Diego Hotel. The area is northwest of Petco Park and northeast of the San Diego Convention Center.

When officers arrived, Brown said they found a 28-year-old man down on the sidewalk, in front of the hotel where the victim was working as a valet, according to the hotel and Ace Parking. The man, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body, died at the scene.

According to witnesses, Brown said, the suspect encountered the victim on J Street and confronted him. Unprovoked, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the valet, according to SDPD. As the gunman began to walk away, he quickly turned around and fired again at the man, authorities said.

Police had originally reported that there had been some sort of exchange between the gunman and the victim, but Nisleit said Friday that was not the case.

"After reviewing security footage and speaking with witnesses, we do not have evidence of a verbal exchange between the victim and the suspect prior to the shooting as initially released," Nisleit said.

Then, witnesses told police the suspect walked north on Fifth Avenue – up one block to Island Avenue – where he had an argument with a group of men. Brown said the suspect again began shooting, hitting four more victims at Fifth and Island avenues. Police said Friday that the victims were known to each other and were visiting from out of town.

The SDPD said three of those four victims were hospitalized. All are expected to survive. Those victims were described as: a 27-year-old man with serious injuries a 68-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his torso a 26-year-old man who was shot on the arm a 28-year-old who suffered an injury to his arm. All of those victims are expected to survive.

Authorities said they have identified the man who died in the shootings, but are not releasing his name at this time.

The suspected gunman was arrested the gun was recovered by police, the lieutenant said.

Brown said police were still interviewing many witnesses who were in the Gaslamp Quarter at the time of the shooting. The area is home to many hotels, restaurants and nightlife.

Police said the suspect was hospitalized for injuries relating to being tasered by the officer.

Sarreshteh has been charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder. According to jail booking records, he is due to appear in court on May 3.


Marye Anne Fox, pioneering chancellor at UC San Diego, dies at 73

Marye Anne Fox, a tough-minded chemist who guided UC San Diego through eight often difficult years of growth as the school’s chancellor and who was awarded the National Medal of Science for her insights about sustainable energy, died Sunday at the age of 73.

Fox passed away at her home in Austin, Texas, after a long illness, according to a statement from North Carolina State University, where she served as chancellor before moving to La Jolla.

She was the first female chancellor at NC State and the first woman to hold that position as a permanent appointee at UCSD. The titles meant a great deal to Fox, who spent much of her life promoting the interests of girls and women.

“One of the first things she did after she arrived here was accept an invitation to a fundraiser thrown by the Girl Scouts,” said Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs at UCSD.

“She wanted to build talent in girls — and grit. A few months later, she convened a gathering of women faculty and deans, at a time when there wasn’t many of them, and spoke about the need to hang in there. She had grit and wanted others to have it, too.”

It was a trait that Fox often needed.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Notre Dame in 1969 and a doctorate in the same field at Dartmouth in 1974. It was an era when women were not widely represented in science, and often not broadly welcomed.

But things were changing. The government started to more strongly encourage women to enter science after the Soviet Union beat the U.S. in placing the first artificial satellite in space in 1957, triggering the space race.

The message resonated with Fox, who loved chemistry.

“Chemistry was logical . (It) can be easily understood on basic principles, and those principles can be easily established in the laboratory,” Fox told the Union-Tribune in 2010.

“Biology I found messy. Physics I found too mathematical,” she said. “So chemistry was like the ‘Three Bears,’ just right.”

She enjoyed her Notre Dame years. But things turned tough at Dartmouth, after she became pregnant.

“I stayed home with the baby all morning and worked all night,” Fox told the Union-Tribune during an interview in 2010. “My mentor, David Lemal, sometimes stayed with me so I wouldn’t be so alone, so it would be safe.

“My mother expected me to quit science. She said that I should stay home and raise my children. It was David who said, ‘She has possibilities.’”

Fox went on to become a chemistry professor at the University of Texas, where she rose to the position of vice chancellor of research. She also served as a science advisor to George W. Bush while he was the state’s governor.

In 1994, her research, policy work and bridge-building with industry earned her election to the National Academy of Sciences, which was founded during the Lincoln administration to advise the country on science and technology. At the time, fewer than 100 of the academy’s 1,700 members were women.

Barely four years later Fox was named chancellor at NC State, a sometimes overlooked cog in the so-called “Research Triangle” region of North Carolina.

She was instrumental in getting the state’s legislature to approve a $3.1-billion referendum to support higher education. And she helped push through an expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was a very big deal in a state that’s deeply passionate about college sports.

“What stands out to me is that Marye Anne perpetuated the notion that NC State needed to raise its expectations as a premier academic institution,” Randy Woodson, the school’s current chancellor, said in a statement.

“Her leadership changed how we think of ourselves as a university and elevated NC State’s stature as a world-class academic institution.”

Her work caught the attention of the University of California Board of Regents, which named her chancellor at UC San Diego in 2004, when the campus had 24,663 students. The figure grew by 3,631 by the time she stepped down in 2012. The school’s research funding also surpassed the $1-billion level, making UCSD among the 10 largest research schools in the country.

Not everything went well. Like other UC campuses, the school had to deal with cuts in state funding and tuition hikes. And Fox drew sharp criticism from some students for her response to the “Compton Cookout,” a student party in 2010 that was advertised as a way for attendees to “experience the various elements of life in the ghetto.” The theme was meant to mock Black History Month.

Fox condemned the party and organized a teach-in to address the situation. But some students said that she didn’t go far enough to deal with what was seen as systemic racism, which remains an issue at UCSD. Last year, many Black students told the Union-Tribune that the campus has failed to do enough to increase Black enrollment, which stood at 2.8% in 2019.

Fox didn’t run from criticism. Faculty say she faced issues — and people — head on. She was known for pressing people to back up their assertions with data, and she could be blunt about it.

Her softer side came out in small and self-deprecating ways. She used to hold events called “Lunch with the Chancellor” in which attendees would be given an old-fashioned lunchbox that carried artwork that depicted Fox in a humorous way.

She didn’t relish mushy moments that involved her own achievements. Fox gave a pained expression in 2010 when she was asked by the Union-Tribune whether she was likely to cry when President Obama presented her with the National Medal of Science. The event was to be held at the White House, where her husband and children would be in attendance.

“I don’t know. Probably I will. I cried at their weddings,” Fox said in a let’s-move-along voice.

She was just as low-key after the White House ceremony, saying, “It was a very special moment for me personally and professionally.

“I was able to bring two grandchildren to see this,” she said. “And it is good to know that the work you’ve done has had a positive impact on society.”

Pradeep Khosla, UCSD’s current chancellor, said Fox’s legacy is rich and lasting.

“Marye Anne Fox was a gifted administrative leader who advocated for lasting change on complex issues,” Khosla said. “She left the campus in a very strong position — ready for growth, poised for continuous innovation, and valued for its contributions to the region, state and world.

“We would not be where we are today without her visionary leadership and steady hand.”


25 Things You Probably Did Not Know About San Francisco

In order to stay up to date on everything happening in San Francisco, I often go on tours, visit the local museums, and read up on the history of the city. All of this led me to create a list of fun and interesting bits of information about SF. 

Read on to discover 25 things you probably did not know about San Francisco.

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

1. Before it was renamed to San Francisco, this small city by the bay was called Yerba Buena. Yerba Buena means, "Good herb" in Spanish. It was founded in 1776 but renamed in 1846. Portsmouth Square in Chinatown was the location of the public square in Yerba Buena.

2. SF has the second largest Chinatown outside of Asia. It's also the oldest in North America. It is around one mile long by one and a half miles wide. More than 100,000 people live in Chinatown. It's the most densely populated neighborhood in the city.

3. SF also has the largest and oldest Japantown in the United States. It's also one of only three Japantowns still that remain in the US.

4. The Asian Art Museum has pieces of art from around 221 BC. You will find them in the China exhibit.

5. The city is built on more than 50 hills. Many believe it only has 7 or 9 hills, but there are a total of more than 50 named hills. Some of the most well-known are Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, and Twin Peaks. A few of the lesser known ones are Golden Mine Hill, Excelsior Heights, and Tank Hill. 

6. Many believe the waters of the SF Bay are filled with dangerous sharks but there aren't actually any man-eating sharks in the bay. While there are sharks that live in the bay, most are small and not very dangerous. There are numerous great white sharks that live close by in the Pacific Ocean, but they rarely make their way into the bay. (Although a great white was spotted feeding in the SF Bay and caught on camera for the first time in October 2015!)

7. SF is home to the largest competition of American wines in the world. The annual Chronicle Wine Competition is held every February. You can sample the winners and other entrants at the public tasting held a few weeks after the winners are announced.

8. In addition to loving wine, the locals also love independent films. SF is home to more than 50 film festivals each year. Some are large international festivals. Others are smaller with a very focused film offering such as the Greek Film Festival, the Jewish Film Festival, and the American Indian Film Festival.

9. You are not allowed to bury your dead within the city limits. Because of this restriction, only two cemeteries remain. One is behind the Mission San Francisco de Asis. The other is the National Cemetery in the Presidio. In 1902, the board of supervisors voted to stop all burials within the city limits due to space issues. To make more room, they then decided to move the current graves down to Colma. This move took place between the 1920s and the 1940s. 

10. The first electric TV was invented in SF in 1927 by Philio Farnsworth. His working lab was at 202 Green Street.

11. The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco. It was signed in the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in the Civic Center District on June 26, 1945. 

12. It wasn't the earthquake that did most of the damage in 1906. The fires that started after the earthquake caused about 90% of the damage to the city. 

13. The Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915 was the rebirth of San Francisco after the devastating 1906 Earthquake. It allowed the city to rebuild and show that they were once again an international city. Almost 19 million people from around the world attended this nine-month event. 

14. The color of the Golden Gate Bridge is called International Orange. It wasn't a color from the original list of options. It was the primer used to protect the steel for the bridge during transit and the architect loved it more than the other options, so he selected it as the official color. 

15. Instead of a solid color, the US Navy wanted the Golden Gate Bridge to be painted in black and yellow stripes. They thought it would make the bridge easier to see through the fog, especially if it was under attack.

16. There are hundreds of earthquakes every year in the Bay Area. However, most are so small (less than a 3.0) that you cannot feel them, and they aren't often discussed.

17. Al Capone arrived by train to Alcatraz. The warden at the time was so worried about security that they loaded the train car onto a barge instead of unloading the prisoners from the train and moving them to a boat. Capone was the main reason as they felt he may attempt an escape or there would be trouble if he was removed from the train car prior to it reaching Alcatraz. 

18. SF is not the foggiest place in the US, that honor goes to our friends to the north, Point Reyes. They are the not only the foggiest place in the US, but also in North America. We do get our fair share of fog here though. We are covered in it more than 100 days a year with July and August being the foggiest months.

19. San Francisco is not a large city. There are only around 830,000 people that live within the city and county of San Francisco. However, the entire bay area is home to more than 7 million people.

20. You will never run out of new restaurants to try here. At any given time, there are more than 3,500 restaurants open in SF.

21. Many famous people were born in San Francisco. Here is a list of some of the most famous: 

22. Makoto Hagiwara of San Francisco is known as the creator of the modern-day fortune cookie. He was the first person in the US to serve it in his tea garden in the late 1890s. He is also the person behind the famous Japanese Tea Garden in SF's Golden Gate Park.

23. Joseph B. Friedman invented the bendy straw in San Francisco. He observed his daughter's frustration when she tried to drink out of a straight straw and came up with this invention to make it easier for her. He received a patent on it in 1937.

24. San Francisco is only seven miles long by seven miles wide. Due to its small size, it makes it really easy to see a lot in SF in just one day.

25. It took only four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge (1933 - 1937). The recent rebuilding of the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge took 11 years (2002 - 2013). 


What About the Missions Now?

In the twentieth century, people got interested in the missions again. They restored or rebuilt the ruined missions.

Four of the missions are still run under by the Franciscan Order: Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission Santa Barbara, Mission San Miguel Arcángel, and Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. Others are still Catholic churches. Seven of them are National Historic Landmarks.

Many of the old missions have excellent museums and intriguing ruins. You can read about each of them in these quick guides, designed to help both California students and curious visitors.


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    Beaches – Along San Diego's coast one can find miles of beaches for swimming, surfing, and general beach-going. In the San Diego area, one can find good beaches at Imperial Beach south of San Diego, Coronado, the beach towns of Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and up the coast of Northern San Diego County. Each beach is unique, ranging from popular white sand beaches to harsh surf spots to the clothing-optional Black's Beach in La Jolla.

  • Beer Tasting - San Diego has a bustling microbrewery scene with more than 100 breweries and growing every month. Some of the breweries feature large restaurants but most are "hole in the wall" micro or nanobreweries located in industrial parks. For a complete listing of breweries go to San Diego Brewery Guide.

Many visitors come to San Diego to visit its famous attractions, tour the museums and get a glimpse of history. Those looking for a little more action and adventure can explore San Diego by air, land or sea.

Air [ edit ]

San Diego Sky Tours offers scenic sightseeing tours, biplane rides, aerobatics thrill rides and dog fighting air combat rides in the San Diego skies.

Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla offers those wishing they had wings the chance to try paragliding and hangliding.

Activities on Land [ edit ]

  • Biking — San Diego has miles of flat, paved terrain perfect for touring bikers. A popular ride is the 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway which begins at the Coronado Ferry Landing and ends in Downtown. The shorter 12-mile loop around Mission Beach is also a popular choice. Mountain bikers can find plenty of trails in the more than 7,220 acres that make up Mission Trails Regional Park in the Northeastern district. Bikers have the option of renting a bike and exploring on their own, or of joining a guided tour.
  • Golf — Golf Digest calls San Diego one of "The Top 20 Cities for Golf". Golfers can tee off in Point Loma, Downtown, La Jolla, [Mission Valley-Old Town|Mission Valley and Old Town]].
  • Hiking — Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in La Jolla and Mission Trails Regional Park in Northeastern San Diego offer a good variety of trails.
  • Rock climbing - San Diego offers some unique opportunities for rock climbing both outdoor and indoor. Although San Diego is rarely considered a destination climbing area, specialist climbing companies offer guided rock climbing from professional climbers for the beginner to the experienced climber. All the climbing companies provide all the required equipment such as helmets, shoes and harnesses, and usually require an orientation meeting the week of the climb for all participants. Most good climbing spots are located either in Northeastern San Diego or Inland San Diego County.
  • Guided Tours — San Diego offers just about every type of guided tour imaginable. Zip along on a San Diego Segway Tour. Ride in a pack on a bike tour. Hop aboard a GPS-guided “storytelling” car. Or explore the breweries that help make up San Diego's burgeoning beer scene. Most tour companies have headquarters in La Jolla and Downtown.

Water Sports [ edit ]

  • Surfing — Surfing dominates the San Diego scene. La Jolla Shores in La Jolla is a great spot for beginners to learn the craft. Along with traditional surfing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing have become popular with the locals. Pacific Beach is a good place to watch kitesurfers attempt to master this challenging sport.
  • Jetpacking — In Mission Beach, those who dare can strap on a jet pack and literally fly up to 30 feet above the water.
  • Sailing — If you prefer to experience the ocean under sail, hop on over to Mission Bay in Mission Beach, Point Loma or Downtown. Experienced sailors can rent and sail their own small craft. Those who prefer to let others do the navigating can join pre-scheduled cruises or charter their own trip.
  • Kayaking — Kayaking is a great way to see kelp beds, marine life and even sea caves from sea level. La Jolla Shores in La Jolla is one of the most popular sites for kayakers and kayaking tours. The calm waters of Mission Bay in Mission Beach also make for good kayaking.
  • Scuba Diving — Those wishing to explore San Diego’s underwater world can make a splash in La Jolla or Point Loma. Wreck divers can hop aboard charters in Mission Beach.
  • Boating - San Diego Bay offers amble opportunities for sailors to enjoy the water, with plenty of anchorages and marinas catering to all boaters (see Point Loma, Downtown, Coronado and Chula Vista for specific places). Boat launch ramps are located at Shelter Island (Point Loma), Coronado, National City and Chula Vista. Some anchorages require a permit, while others do not. If a permit is required, it can be obtained at the Shelter Island Harbor Police Facility, 1401 Shelter Island Drive (Point Loma), +1 619 686-6272. There are also several moorings located throughout the Harbor for vessels ranging from two to 65 feet in length. See the SD Mooring Company Office, 2040 N. Harbor Island Drive (Point Loma), +1 619 291-0916, [32] for a mooring application.
  • Whale-watching – California gray whales migrate south along the coast each February. There are some great places along the coast to view the migration, such as the overlook in Cabrillo National Monument (in Point Loma), and several private companies offer sailing tours during the migration season that bring you much closer to the whales (be advised: motion sickness on water)

Sports [ edit ]

  • San Diego Padres – PETCO Park (in Downtown, near the Gaslamp district), [33]. See the Major League Baseball Padres play at PETCO Park in downtown. Price ranges for seats vary widely, from $5 for a spot on the grassy lawn beyond the outfield wall to nearly $50 for a seat behind home plate. $5-$60.
  • San Diego State University Aztecs – Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena, in Mid-City exit I-8 at College Avenue and turn right on Canyon Crest Drive), [34]. The college basketball team plays their home games at the Viejas Arena in the SDSU campus. The Aztecs college baseball team plays at Tony Gwynn Stadium (also on the SDSU campus) and the college football team plays at Qualcomm Stadium.
  • University of San Diego Toreros – Jenny Craig Pavilion (in Mission Valley exit I-8 at Morena Blvd and turn right on Linda Vista Road), [35]. The Toreros have college basketball, baseball, and football teams which play at facilities located on the USD campus.

Democrats push for speedy Newsom recall as new analysis pegs cost at $215 million

An analysis released Thursday projects the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom will cost at least $215 million, less than what elections officials initially estimated but a large enough price tag that local governments across California will need the state to pick up the tab.

Legislative leaders quickly seized on the estimate provided by the state Department of Finance as fulfilling a mandate under state law to fully assess the costs of the recall — potentially speeding up by some two months the special election in which voters could oust Newsom from office.

Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) said Thursday that they will include the projected cost in the state budget that must be enacted by the end of the month.

“By providing counties with the funding they need, we can waive the required period for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to review the election costs,” the two leaders said in a joint written statement.

But it’s not clear when lawmakers would change the rules, a process led by legislative Democrats that could be seen as helping Newsom by forcing a recall election sooner rather than later.

The cost estimate came from an inquiry posed to counties by the Newsom administration in preparation for upcoming state budget negotiations.

“The total costs reported by all counties to conduct a special statewide recall election is $215 million,” state Department of Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler wrote in the Thursday letter to lawmakers. “This estimate does not reflect the Secretary of State’s costs associated with a statewide recall election.”

The bulk of the costs for the election would be incurred on the local level, where elections are conducted. State costs are generally much smaller. A spokesperson for Secretary of State Shirley Weber said there was no immediate comment on what other expenses might be expected.

Critics of Newsom submitted more than enough voter signatures this spring to trigger a recall election, setting the stage for only the second gubernatorial recall in California history. Then-Gov. Gray Davis lost a 2003 recall, replaced by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So far, almost six dozen Californians have filed statements of intention seeking to run in the recall election — including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 gubernatorial hopeful John Cox and reality TV star and retired Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, all Republicans.

No prominent Democrats have joined the preliminary field. Candidates can’t formally join the race until after an election date is chosen by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.

Orrin Heatlie, a retired Northern California sheriff’s deputy and the official proponent of the recall, dismissed concerns about the election’s cost and accused Newsom of pandering to voters to boost his chances of political survival, citing the governor’s proposals to provide new economic stimulus payments and cash prizes for those who get COVID-19 vaccinations.

“With the billions this governor is handing out in recall rebates and game-show antics, the cost of the election is a small investment in the future of the state,” Heatlie said.

A poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies that was co-sponsored by The Times and released last month found only 36% of registered voters surveyed would remove Newsom from office.

Democratic voters in a new poll also overwhelmingly favored having a prominent Democratic replacement candidate on the recall ballot in case Newsom was ousted from office.

An exact date for the recall election has remained elusive because of differing viewpoints about the meaning of a 2017 law that revamped the recall process. That statute was written by Democrats in hopes of delaying a recall election against state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) long enough to consolidate it with the 2018 statewide primary. Though they succeeded in delaying the election, voters in Newman’s Orange County district recalled him anyway, changing course and reelecting him to a new term in office last November.

The 2017 law added up to 90 days to the preparations for a recall election — time for voters who signed the petition to change their minds and for state officials to calculate the cost to conduct the election. The deadline for voters to remove their signatures was Tuesday and now elections officials in the state’s 58 counties have until June 22 to send information about those changes to Weber.

But the two required fiscal analyses — one by the state Department of Finance, the other by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee — are described differently in the law. Under the interpretation now embraced by Atkins and Rendon, it’s possible the Newsom recall could be held before the end of the summer.

Legislative staff members say a change to the 2017 recall law that expedites the fiscal analysis will be inserted into a state budget-related bill as soon as next week.

The survey of California counties unsurprisingly found most of the costs for conducting a recall election would come from the state’s urban centers — with Los Angeles County estimating expenses of $49.1 million, San Bernardino County pegging its costs at $32 million and San Diego County reporting an estimate of $20 million. Alameda County’s estimate of almost $21 million in recall election costs was the highest of any county in Northern California.

In April, elections officials across the state painted a more dire picture, offering a preliminary estimate of $400 million. That number, they said, was based on the costs incurred in the 2020 election cycle. Donna Johnston, Sutter County’s registrar of voters and president of the state association of elections officers, said that projection included some elements of last fall’s election — including costs related to pandemic protections — that might not be applicable under current conditions.


Everything you wanted to know about San Diego, history, economy people and more - History

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