In the spring, Teresa Guzman, 51, became so fed up with Governor Gavin Newsom that her blood pressure started to rise. Her husband suggested she do something about it, so she typed “Gavin Newsom recall” into her internet browser.
Now, the Stevenson Ranch resident is fully committed to removing Newsom from office, much like Gray Davis was recalled in 2003.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” she said. “My mailbox is packed. My email, too. My text messages.”
Guzman has joined the recall movement started by author and former U.S. Senate candidate Erin Cruz, who unsuccessfully challenged Dianne Feinstein in 2018. A second recall movement, headed by La Jolla physician James Veltmeyer, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018, also has been approved for circulation.
For either effort to trigger a recall election, supporters have 160 days from the date the secretary of state approves circulating the petition to collect 1,495,709 signatures, or 12 percent of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. Cruz’s movement has until February 13th; Veltmeyer’s has until March 5. Guzman pointed out online signatures are not accepted.
Newsom in August filed a statement with the secretary of state saying, in all capital letters, “THIS UNWARRANTED RECALL EFFORT WILL COST CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS $81 MILLION DOLLARS! IT IS BEING PUSHED BY POLITICAL EXTREMISTS SUPPORTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HATEFUL ATTACKS ON CALIFORNIA.”
Guzman said she wants Newsom out now because she opposes the governor’s redirecting monies collected from the gas tax into rail projects. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month that Newsom signed an executive order in September ordering Caltrans to hold $61.3 million in reserve to “reduce congestion through innovative strategies designed to encourage people to shift from cars to other modes of transportation.”
Guzman said her job keeps her on the road a great deal of time, and she can’t always tell if she’s in the proper lane because so many places need paving and marking. She named Interstate 5 southbound approaching the 14 Freeway as an example she encounters daily. Meanwhile, she said, the roads in Topanga Canyon, near Mulholland Drive, have been entirely repaved and it’s “absolutely gorgeous.”
Another issue Guzman has with Newsom is his commitment to California being a sanctuary state. At his inaugural in January, Newsom promised “sanctuary to all who seek it.” The American-born, Republican-registered Guzman, the youngest of nine children who married a Mexican-born native with dual citizenship, doesn’t think people in this country illegally should receive the same treatment as American citizens.
“His inclusive ideology, that bothers me,” she said. “We’re supposed to be open for Americans, not illegal aliens. I haven’t heard him say one thing that benefits the American people. The Democratic Party has blurred the vision of what we started this country about.”