After Angelenos failed to gather enough signatures to put the recall of District Attorney George Gascón on the ballot in November, he’s all but assured of at least another two years in office. Also on the ballot are a number of other Gascón-like candidates, and they are also likely to win.
Had the Gascón recall made it on the ballot, his recall was almost a certainty. The issue was clear. Crime is up dramatically in Los Angeles over the past two years (vehicle thefts by 40 percent, homicides by 50 percent, armed robberies by 60 percent). It’s pretty easy to see that the cause is Gascón’s no bail, reduced sentences, early release, “equitable” approach to crime fighting, where the police are the criminals and the criminals are the victims. A recent poll showed over two-thirds of those with an opinion supported the recall. His socialist counterpart in San Francisco, Chesa Boudin, was recalled by a similarly wide margin earlier this year.
The relevant question for today is: How was Gascón was elected in the first place? He was running against a black female Democrat incumbent. She was not exactly a “throw the book at them” prosecutor. But Gascón swept in thanks to millions of dollars from far-left interests, including George Soros, and a superior ground game. Prior to Gascón, the position of district attorney in LA was like voting on judges. If people voted on the race, they did so based primarily on name recognition, or the occupation stated under the candidate’s name. So, it was an easy position to poach by the radical left.
Those same interests are now looking for other, lower-profile positions, to steal. For instance, the position of city attorney. The city attorney prosecutes misdemeanors. Since Gascón helped make so many crimes misdemeanors (like all theft under $950), this position becomes far more important in fighting crime.
The position also defends the city against lawsuits. The most significant of late have involved the out-of-control homeless situation. Both homeless advocates and business interests have sued the city for its handling of the problem. Thus, the city attorney has a very significant role in the city’s response to homelessness (i.e., build permanent housing to solve the problem or enforce no camping laws in the city’s parks, beaches, and sidewalks).
The city attorney also defends the city anytime the police department is sued for things like alleged racial profiling, sex harassment, or abuse of force. Will the city attorney take the side of the accuser or the police? more