Vote No on the Recall of Gov. Newsom

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Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

Author: Laura Deehan

State Director, Environment California

(415) 420-4710

Started on staff: 2002
University of California at Davis (1997-2001)

Laura directs Environment California’s work to tackle global warming, protect the ocean and fight for clean air, clean water and open spaces. Laura has served on the Environment California board for the past two years before stepping into the State Director role. Most recently, she directed the public health program for CALPIRG, another organization in The Public Interest Network, where she led campaigns to get lead out of school drinking water and toxic chemicals out of cosmetics. Laura ran Environment California citizen outreach offices across the state and as the Environment California Field Director, led campaigns to get California to go solar, ban single use plastic grocery bags and go 100% renewable. Laura lives with her family in Richmond, California where she enjoys hiking, yoga and baking.

The ability to recall an elected official is an important safeguard in our democracy. When someone fails in their duties, betrays the public trust or otherwise engages in illegal or unethical behavior, there should be a pathway for the public to stand together and remove someone from office.

However, Gov. Gavin Newsom hasn’t committed acts that merit removal from office. Californians are understandably frustrated by this past year of unprecedented crisis. But Gov. Newsom’s opponents have capitalized on this frustration to orchestrate a diversion from the real challenges we face.

Right now, wildfires are burning hotter and faster and smoke-filled skies are making it unsafe for many to go outside. The drought is drying up our rivers and lakes, including the Colorado River, the largest drinking water source in the West The recent “code red” IPCC report confirmed that we are already seeing serious effects of global warming and that it is caused by the burning of oil, gas and coal It couldn’t be more clear that we have to act on climate and transition to a clean energy future as fast as possible.

The fact is, when it comes to those issues, which should be front-and-center, Gov. Newsom has already started to set us on a new trajectory, from setting an executive order for 100 percent zero emission vehicles by 2045 to becoming the first governor to announce a phase-out of oil and gas drilling. Just last month he directed his agencies to accelerate the timeline for all of our climate and clean energy policies

However, while many of these initiatives are a good start, they are still unfinished work. California voters overwhelmingly elected Gavin Newsom, and they deserve to have the governor complete his term and continue the important work they elected him to address.

Please Join me in voting NO on the recall of Gov. Newsom.

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Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

Author: Laura Deehan

State Director, Environment California

(415) 420-4710

Started on staff: 2002
University of California at Davis (1997-2001)

Laura directs Environment California’s work to tackle global warming, protect the ocean and fight for clean air, clean water and open spaces. Laura has served on the Environment California board for the past two years before stepping into the State Director role. Most recently, she directed the public health program for CALPIRG, another organization in The Public Interest Network, where she led campaigns to get lead out of school drinking water and toxic chemicals out of cosmetics. Laura ran Environment California citizen outreach offices across the state and as the Environment California Field Director, led campaigns to get California to go solar, ban single use plastic grocery bags and go 100% renewable. Laura lives with her family in Richmond, California where she enjoys hiking, yoga and baking.