Recall effort against Member of Parliament Kevin de León withdrawn

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A recall petition Los Angeles City Councilor Kevin de León was terminated at the request of his leading advocate, but efforts may resume in January.

The petition was terminated Friday after Pauline Adkins, who was leading the recall effort, requested its termination, according to the Los Angeles City Clerk Election Department.

Adkins said on Facebook that he withdrew the petition because one in five advocates chose to be removed from the petition, forcing him to withdraw the recall campaign because the law requires five advocates in the petition. He added that the recall campaign is “far from finished” and that the group will seek to restart that effort in January.

Adkins and other recall advocates said they started the campaign in part out of anger at De León’s efforts to construct the building. small house villages In Eagle Rock and Highland Park as temporary housing amid a historic homelessness and affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles.

In a statement to the City News Service on Monday, de León said: “This attempt at misdirection failed because voters refused to allow the recall process to be weaponized to upset the electoral process and distort the election results. Residents are aware of the real work we are doing. We do it to address homelessness, develop affordable housing and clean up our area.If anything, this experience shows why our recall process needs to be changed so that we don’t continue to allow this type of political exploitation.
at the expense of taxpayers in the future.”

Earlier this month, De León opened the largest tiny home village in the US on 6.8 acres along the Arroyo Seco Parkway in Highland Park, providing 224 non-communal beds as transitional residences.

De León’s office launched the project because it completed the project quickly in 90 days and cost $55,000 per tiny home compared to other homeless housing options in the county.

When the campaign against De Leon was announced in July, he was the third legislator to be targeted for recall, after Councilor Mike Bonin and Councilor Nithya Raman.

effort against Raman ended on September 13 After the group said it wouldn’t make it to the November 4 deadline, however, a petition against Bonin on Wednesday was turned to City Officer, with recall supporters saying there were enough signatures to join the ballot.