Grassroots Infrastructure for Initiatives and Recalls is Growing in California

Earlier this month the effort to recall Gavin Newsom was officially ended. As reported in the Times of San Diego on March 17, “Last week, the California Secretary of State’s Office informed Erin Cruz of Palm Springs that her petition effort to oust the Democratic governor had failed.

A year earlier, an initiative to repeal California’s gas tax made it onto the ballot, only to be defeated in the general election of November 2018. These represent two significant failures on the part of populist conservative reformers in California. But the story of these two failed attempts at change should not dishearten activists.

The ability for underfunded, technologically savvy groups of activists to use the initiative and referendum process to attempt fundamental change in California is a mega-trend that has just begun. It represents an existential threat to California’s ruling establishment. Without major donors, without support from political parties or the media, a movement has formed that does not yet realize its power.

The Recall Gavin petition drive was launched by author and current congressional candidate Erin Cruz and a core group of committed activists. Within 150 days they had to attempt to gather a daunting 1,495,709 signatures. They ended up collecting a gross total of 352,271 signed petitions, of which 281,917 were verified and valid. This may not have been nearly enough to put a recall onto a statewide ballot, but it is nonetheless an astonishing and record-setting achievement, because they did this with nothing. No significant […] Read More

Taking Back California

AUDIO: An attempt to understand the financial challenges now facing California’s cities and counties, an exploration of possible citizen ballot initiatives that might help make California affordable again (and solvent), and ideas for how to make that happen – 49 minutes on KTIE San Bernardino – Edward Ring on the Unite Inland Empire radio show.

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A Slate of Citizen Initiatives to Transform California Overnight

AUDIO: Using citizen ballot measures to bypass a legislature controlled by special interests; what initiatives to propose, how to get the signatures, and how to communicate their value to all of California’s voters – 23 minutes (in two segments) on Conservative Commanders Radio – Edward Ring with Rick Trader and Sharon Angle.

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How to Transform California Politics in One Election

AUDIO: In-depth exploration of exactly how California’s entire political landscape can be transformed in one election using the citizens ballot initiative process. Why Californians are ready to support radical political change. How new online technology and new networks of activists can qualify these initiatives for a fraction of what they used to cost – 23 minutes with Sharron Angle on Conservative Commando Radio.

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