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The FOGHORN 
ROTARY CLUB OF HALF MOON BAY
September 9, 2021 
Lenny Mendonca
Owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Former Advisor to Governor Newsom. 
California Recall Election 2021
  
Article by Steve Wilson
Photos by Dianne Bobko
 
Our September 9 meeting featured the Coastside's own Lenny Mendonca, owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and advisor to Governor Newsom.  The topic was the recall election, ballots for which are due on Sept. 14.  Lenny provided history on the section of the state constitution governing the recall of an elected official, whose requirements are quite specific.
 
A recall election will be held if a stated percentage of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election signs a petition to hold a recall election.  This ballot has two questions:  (1) should the governor be recalled (yes or no) and, (2) who should succeed the governor if recalled (determined by simple plurality).   Many other states have recall provisions, but not identical to ours.  Lenny pointed out that gubernatorial recall attempts have been mounted in several states recently, but other than California's recall of Gov. Davis in 2003 and selection of Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him, none have been successful.  If this governor is recalled, his replacement would take office in January.  The next regular election is November, 2022. 
 
 
The club is planning a special outdoor meeting on Sept. 30, details tba. 
 
There was a dearth of happy / crappy announcements this week.
 
Joe profiled the State of South Carolina, its history and highlights, but no Rotarian contacts there other than a fascinating experience Joe had in evaluating a site for filming part of the movie The Abyss.
 
Next week's meeting features local author Ernie Koepf (sp?), author of Opening Day, a book about the fishing industry on the Coast but at a deeper level talking about local history and change on the Coast seen through the lens of the fishing industry. 
Lenny discussed several of the candidates on the second part of the ballot and compared and contrasted some of the key issues.  He opined that in the 2003 recall election, Schwarzenegger had higher name recognition and fared well in a head-on debate.  Apparently polling results have also been moving in Newsom's favor. There is now ongoing talk in the legislature about amending the state Constitution  to make recall more difficult, but this would be in the face of acknowledged public opinion that the voters consider the right to recall an elected official to be a fundamental right.
 
Lenny answered a number of questions from members about such things as the constitutional provision requiring the state to reimburse an official who successfully resists recall, and some of the policy decisions by this governor that provided ammunition for the recall.
 
 
Club Meeting - September 9, 2021
 
            
 
 
Pledge of Allegiance 
 
Inspirational Thought
 
Happy/Crappy News yescrying
There was a dearth of happy / crappy announcements this week.
 
Announcements
The Pumpkin Festival will not take place this year (decision of City Council Tuesday night).
 
Mitone is leading a beach cleanup on Sept. 18 at Dunes Beach. 
 
Joe announced that on October 24 the club is sponsoring a Rotary cruise to end polio aboard the former Presidential yacht Potomac, departing from Jack London Square.  Early reservations are encouraged. 100 seats are available.
 
Mary announced that Coastside Hope needs additional volunteers to deliver food and supplies (contact Mary).  Rose echoed Mary's request and also pointed out that Meals on Wheels deeds help with meal delivery (contact Rose). 
 
The club is planning a special outdoor meeting on Sept. 30, details tba. 
 
Pres. Joe's Weekly 'States of the Union Quiz - ​​​​​​​South Carolina 
South Carolina, its history and highlights, but no Rotarian contacts there other than a fascinating experience Joe had in evaluating a site for filming part of the movie The Abyss.
Marble Draw  sad surprise ????
 
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