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As the sun sets over the great Pacific at Venice Beach On Monday, the same goes for the recall elections in California. With only Election Day remaining, most of the ballots have already been cast. Gavin Newsom 's future rests on the votes left to count.
On the The Venice promenade with its burger spots and slightly offensive T-shirts for sale , signs of the election were rare.
A small film crew for a wired news network interviewed passers-by. An older man doing a photo shoot training in his Make America Great Again hat exercised by listening to Tory radio. But what was mostly in the air was the smell of grass, not the excitement of Election Day.
"I want it to be reminded but that's not going to happen, " JJ told me. I have heard that a lot.
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This is a retired Los Angeles cop who lives in Venice Beach. "I'm a conservative " he told me, a little softly, adding, "but have all the drugs and abortions you want.
We stumbled upon the idea that he may be more libertarian. His pessimism about the recall was rooted in conviction that most Californians don't care.
It was clear that this attitude was influenced by his job as a police officer, where he felt his hands were tied by the government.
He was working at Los Angeles International Airport, where he told me that the homeless and the mentally ill would be just take control of the spaces, partly because of the free Wi-Fi, and the police couldn't stop him.
On the Venice promenade, it seemed Sheriff Alex Villenueva's efforts this summer had allowed to remove the camps along the beach. And yet, there were many lost souls, with seemingly nothing to do and little life in their eyes. I also saw a quick brawl which seemed to amuse tourists by filming it on their phones.
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But not everyone thinks there is a crisis in California under Newsom's leadership. Kasey, a CPA, told me that he fully supports the governor, saying: "I think he did a very good job.
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You can see why someone in Los Angeles might experience Newsom's performance differently than someone in San Francisco. In the Bay Area, COVID restrictions are more severe. Nobody asked for my vaccination card in LA and put on your mask - taking off your dancing mask when entering restaurants is more silly than painful.
A question I have asked several people who believe Newsom will survive the recall effort, and it was most people, was whether it could be any different if polling day had taken place six months ago.
Almost everyone told me that at the time, Newsom would likely have lost. It's hard to say how much of this attitude is driven by the feeling that California is emerging from the COVID crisis, or whether they just quit themselves.
After spending 7 days in California, San Francisco, to the Central Valley, to the beaches of LA, what I saw was not a state of crisis but a state in which a state of crisis seems to be hanging over certain areas. 've spoken for the most part can compartmentalize the very obvious bad signs, the lack of order in some places and what impacts their day to day lives.
If Gavin Newsom survives the recall, this will be because their daily life does not look like emergencies that must be resolved by removing the governor.
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