CA recall election: What to know about the election that could oust sitting Gov. Gavin Newsom

Supporters of the recall campaign of California governor Gavin Newsom holding a sign
Supporters of the recall campaign of California governor Gavin Newsom prepare for the upcoming recall election with a rally and information session in Carlsbad, California, U.S., June 30, 2021.

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election on Sept. 14.
  • It marks the second time in the state’s history that a governor could be ousted via a recall election.
  • Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming election – from how to vote to what’s at stake.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will face a recall election in September.

A GOP-led effort to oust the governor reached its signature goal, state officials announced in April; California Secretary of State Shirley Weber certified the recall reelection on July 1, verifying that of the more than 2 million signatures supporting the recall effort, a little more than 1.7 million were determined to be valid.

California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounaliakis formally began proceedings in a proclamation released the same day, leaving voters with the task of deciding whether to recall the incumbent governor.

The recall election is scheduled for September 14.

Why is there a recall?

There is no simple answer as to what prompted the effort to recall the California governor.

The recall campaign officially started in February 2020. However, it gained steam as the pandemic hit, as some Californians were dissatisfied with Newsom instituting health safety measures and lockdowns in the state to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Opponents of Newsom also grew angrier with his policies – namely regarding the state’s ongoing homelessness crisis, high taxes and cost of living, immigration, and rationing water and energy use – saying he has “implemented laws which are detrimental to the citizens of this state and our way of life.”

“Having no other recourse, we the people have come together to take this action, remedy these misdeeds and
prevent further injustices,” proponents of the recall argued.

Recall leaders include a retired sheriff’s deputy and the former chair of the California GOP, but it has also drawn fringe support from anti-vaxxers, militia members, conspiracy theorists.

“This is about Gavin Newsom and his failed policies that have put us in the state of despair we are in today,” Orrin Heatlie, one of the leaders of the recall effort, said, according to nonprofit CapRadio.

Though Newsom admitted he made some mistakes with his response to the pandemic during an interview with KQED in March, he said he thinks it doesn’t justify the recall effort.

“It’s about immigration. It’s about our health care policies. It’s about our criminal justice reform. It’s about the diversity of the state. It’s about our clean air, clean water programs, meeting our environmental strategies,” he told the San Francisco news station at the time.

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How do people vote?

First, be sure to check if you are registered to vote in the upcoming election, which can be done through the California Secretary of State website. The deadline to register is August 30.

Every registered California voter will likely start receiving ballots for the September recall election as early as next week, with Monday, August 16, as the first day to vote by mail.

Ballots can be returned by mail with no postage required, returned to your county elections office, or put in a ballot drop box or polling place before 8 p.m. on September 14. If mailed, the ballot must be postmarked no later than September 14 and be received by the county elections off to count by September 21 to count.

For those who wish to vote in person, all counties will offer in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, but check your local elections office’s website for specific details.

“As most of the health restrictions in place during the 2020 General Election have been lifted, voters will also have greater access to secure ballot drop-off boxes and more opportunities for traditional in-person voting.,” according to the California Secretary of State’s voter information guide.

On the ballot, there are two questions: one asking if Newsom should be removed from office, and a second question selecting his replacement. While voters are not technically required to respond to both questions, those who vote “no” to the recall can still choose a replacement candidate in the event that the recall passes. Voting for a replacement candidate will not invalidate your “no” vote.

What’s at stake?

If one-half or more of California voters respond no, Newsom will remain in office. If more than half of respondents say yes, voters must respond to the second question on the same ballot on who will replace him for the remainder of the governor’s term in office until January 2, 2023.

Nearly 50 names are included on the preliminary list of qualified candidates – about half of whom are Republicans. Democrat Kevin Paffrath and Republican Larry Elder are currently leading among those campaigning to replace Newsom, according to a poll conducted by Survey USA.

The candidate who gets the most votes will become governor, which could mean that Newsom’s replacement could be chosen with just a fraction of the ballots.

“With dozens of candidates dividing those ballots it’s possible a winner could get 25% or less,” the Associated Press reported.

What’s the likely outcome?

It is common for California governors to face recall threats with the state being one of 20 with provisions to oust a sitting governor. State legislation was established in the early 1900s with the intention to place “place more power directly in the hands of voters by allowing them to remove elected officials and repeal or pass laws by placing them on the ballot.”

However, recall efforts rarely make it to the ballot; the 2021 recall election marks the second time in the state’s history that a governor has faced one. California recalled its governor was in 2003, ousting Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replacing him with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In an April poll of 1,174 likely voters by the Public Policy Institute of California, most respondents said they opposed ousting Newsom from office – with 56% of respondents saying they didn’t support the recall and 40% saying they did.

But the new Survey USA poll released in August showed the numbers skewing out of Newsom’s favor – with now 51% percent of likely California voters say they would vote “yes” to recall.

“A similar poll conducted by Survey USA in May found only 36% of likely voters were in favor of Gov. Newsom’s recall, with 47% opposed to his removal from office,” Insider’s Rebecca Cohen reported.

However, the key metric is voter turnout. If more GOP voters show up to the polls, Newsom could be ousted from office in spite of the fact that the state trends Democratic.

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Dehumidifiers sold at Costco and other stores are being recalled after causing $17 million in property damage

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2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled after causing $17 million in property damage.

Two million dehumidifiers sold at major retailers across the country are being recalled after it was found that some overheated and caught on fire, causing $17 million in property damage.

The dehumidifiers were sold at Lowe’s, Costco, Menards, Walmart, and other stores for as much as $430, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The dehumidifiers were sold between February 2009 and August 2017.

Although no one was hurt, the products posed fire and burn hazards to users. All the products were manufactured by Widetech and are sold under different brand names, including Honeywell, Whirlpool, and Danby.

The recall comes during one of the most humid months of the year.

Consumers can contact New Widetech to get a refund on their products and can see a full list of recalled products on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

In recent weeks, McCormick & Co.’s Italian seasoning was recalled due to possible salmonella risk and J&J sunscreen was recalled after an investigation found that cancer-causing chemicals were found in certain products.

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Ford is recalling nearly 800,000 Explorers, as well as its Lincoln Aviator and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck. Find out if your vehicle was impacted.

Ford Explorer
  • Ford recalled nearly 800,000 Explorer SUVs that were made between 2013 and 2017 due to crash risk.
  • The company also recalled select 2020 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator and F-350 Super Duty models.
  • Six allegations of injury have been connected to a potential defect in the Ford Explorer.
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Ford issued three safety recalls on Friday, impacting its Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and F-350 Super Duty pickup truck.

The recall covers over 850,000 vehicles which were identified as having increased risks of crash or fire.

In a press release, Ford said it was recalling nearly 800,000 Ford Explorer models that were made between 2013 and 2017 due to a malfunction that could significantly diminish steering control and increase the probability of a car crash.

Drivers of the SUV that have been impacted by the defect may notice “a clunk noise, unusual handling, or a misaligned rear wheel.” The company said that six allegations of injury have been connected to the issue.

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The majority of the impacted vehicles are in North America and in locations that experience cold weather, high humidity, as well as the use of road salt.

The recall also covers about 35,000 2020 and 2021 models of the Ford F-350 Super Duty that have a 6.7-liter engine. The car models have been identified as at an elevated risk of a crash, though the company said no injuries related to the pickup truck’s potential for a disconnected driveshaft have been reported to date.

Similarly, the 2020 and 2021 Lincoln Aviator’s recall has not been connected to any injuries. Though, Ford is recalling over 40,000 of the cars that are equipped with a 3.0-liter gas engine, due to fire risk caused by the interaction between the A/C pulley and the car’s battery.

Ford will notify customers of the individual recalls by mid-August and dealers will inspect the vehicles for the potential defects.

The vehicles are some of many products that Ford has recalled in the past year. Last month, Ford recalled 1.2 million Explorers for a suspension issue. In May, the car company recalled over 600,000 of the SUVs due to concerns the SUVs roof rail could spontaneously detach.

A few months prior, Ford recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to airbag issues. At the time, the company anticipated the recall would cost about $610 million. A Ford spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after reports of injuries and one death

A Peloton Tread+.
A Peloton Tread+.

  • Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after a child died in an accident and users reported injuries.
  • Shares of the company fell sharply in trading Wednesday after the announcement.
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Peloton is recalling all its treadmills after one child died in an accident with one and users reported injuries, the company said in a joint statement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.

Federal regulators pressured the company last month to recall its $4,295 Tread+ treadmill after the product fatally injured a child in March.

Some customers reported injuries and malfunctions with the treadmill as early as 2019, Insider previously reported.

Read more: Some Peloton customers reported treadmill malfunctions, injuries, and safety concerns as early as 2019 – and said Peloton’s response was sluggish

“I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+,” CEO John Foley said in the release. “We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”

Shares of the fitness company, known for its bike, treadmill, and standalone subscription models, fell as much as 7% in trading following the announcement.

Peloton instructed customers to immediately stop using the treadmill and contact the company for a full refund or “other qualified remedy,” the statement said. Peloton has also stopped the sale and distribution of the Tread+.

“The agreement between CPSC and Peloton is the result of weeks of intense negotiation and effort, culminating in a cooperative agreement that I believe serves the best interests of Peloton and of consumers,” Robert S. Adler, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Today we have taken steps to prevent further harm from these two products.”

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Bentley recalls one (1) brand-new, $259,000 Flying Spur for potentially defective fuel tank

Bentley Flying Spur W12
Pictured: a Bentley Flying Spur W12.

Sometimes, recalls can affect thousands to millions of cars. Other times, they can affect just one car. This is one of those times.

Bentley is recalling one (1) 2020 Flying Spur W12 over a potentially faulty fuel tank, according to a recall document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The filing said the long-term durability of the tank “cannot be guaranteed.”

“During the production process at the fuel tank supplier, a welding process of the fuel tank may not have been performed according to specifications,” the document read. “If the plastic weld of the fuel tank fails, this may be perceived initially by an odor of fuel. Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to a vehicle fire.”

Thankfully, nothing of the sort happened before Bentley identified the problem and sought to remedy it. The automaker will replace the fuel tank for free.

“The isolated incident and car in question has not shown any signs of fuel leak,” a Bentley spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement. “The customer has been contacted as per NHTSA regulations.” 

It’s not clear where this particular Flying Spur W12 is located.

The Bentley Flying Spur W12 is a 12-cylinder sedan that produces a claimed 626 horsepower. Bloomberg prices the car at $259,000.

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Nestle recalls more than 760,000 pounds of Hot Pockets because they might contain bits of plastic and glass

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Nestlé recalled over 760,000 pounds of its hot pocket products on Friday.

  • Nestlé Prepared Foods recalled over 760,000 Hot Pocket that might contain bits of glass and plastic.
  • Four people complained to Nestlé of “extraneous material” in their Hot Pockets. One person suffered minor mouth injuries. 
  • The recall is for not-ready-to-eat pepperoni Hot Pockets that were made between November 13, 2020 and November 16, 2020.
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Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling about 762,615 pepperoni Hot Pocket products because they may contain “pieces of glass and hard plastic,” the USDA said. 

The problem was discovered when Nestle received four consumer complaints of “extraneous material in the pepperoni hot pocket product,” the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said. One person suffered a minor mouth injury from eating the contaminated Hot Pocket, the agency said. 

The agency has deemed the recall a “Class I”, the highest level among the three kinds of recalls, because of the high health risk associated with the consumption of glass or plastic. 

“This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” the agency said.

The recall is specifically for not-ready-to-eat pepperoni Hot Pockets that were made between November 1 3, 2020 and November 16, 2020.

Nestlé USA said that this recall is not for all of its Hot Pocket products. The specific ones recalled and not included can be found on the company’s website in a recent press release.

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“The quality, safety and integrity of Nestlé USA and Hot Pockets products remain our number one priority. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this action represents to both our consumers and retail customers,” Nestlé USA wrote in a press release on Friday

People concerned about whether they previously bought this product can look at a PDF file from the news release that shares images of what this item looks like. This item has “‘EST. 7721A’ inside the USDA mark of inspection” and a best before date of February 2022, per the news release. Photos are also in the Nestlé USA press release.

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Tesla asked to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over a safety defect involving failing touchscreens

Tesla Model S
  • Tesla was asked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall around 158,000 vehicles over faulty touchscreens, the agency said in a letter to the company Wednesday.
  • The NHTSA said the media control units on certain Tesla vehicles failed after their memory ran out, causing issues with the backup camera, defogging and defrosting settings, Autopilot system, and turn signals.
  • The issue impacted certain 2012-2018 Model S vehicles and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles, which used the NVIDIA flash memory devices that failed — after just five to six years on average.
  • Vice News first reported on the issue in October 2019, prompting the NHTSA to open an investigation in June 2020.
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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sent a letter to Tesla on Wednesday asking the company to recall around 158,000 vehicles over faulty touchscreen hardware.

The agency said it was “investigating a potential safety-related defect concerning incidents of media control unit (“MCU”) failures” that had resulted in problems with the backup camera, defogging and defrosting settings, Autopilot, and turn signals.

The issue, which stemmed from the MCUs failing after exceeding their storage capacity, impacted certain 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Tesla Model X vehicles.

The touchscreens on those models are powered by an NVIDIA processor which stores data in an attached “flash memory device.” But those devices have a finite amount of storage capacity, and according to the NHTSA’s investigation, once they filled up – which happened after just 5 to 6 years, on average – they shut down, causing the MCUs to fail and creating other safety issues.

The MCU failures resulted in the rearview/backup camera screen going “black,” an inability to control defogging and defrosting settings, and the loss of some Autopilot alerts and turn signal functionality, which the agency said could “increase the risk of crash.”

The NHTSA said its Office of Defects Investigation had “tentatively concluded that the failure of the media control unit (MCU) constitutes a defect related to motor vehicle safety.” While the letter doesn’t formally require Tesla to order a recall, the automaker must submit additional justification if it decides not to, and the NHTSA can still take further action if it isn’t satisfied with Tesla’s response.

Vice News originally reported on the issue in October 2019, citing a Tesla repair expert who said: “When this burns out, you wake up to a black screen [in the car’s center console.] There’s nothing there. No climate control. You can generally drive the car, but it won’t charge.”

The NHTSA said it opened its own investigation on June 22, 2020.

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