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ETC. Photo of the day by Nicole Asselborn. It’s the kind of scene that John Steinbeck would’ve loved: the worn Union Pacific steel rail bridge over the Salinas River near Moss Landing. Submit your best horizontal photos. (Please include the location where the photo was taken in the caption.)

Our endorsement in the effort to oust Newsom: Vote no, and let the governor finish the job.

Good afternoon. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves your support.

Sure there are reasons to dislike Newsom and his performance during the pandemic —the system-wide failure at the Employment Development Department plus his maskless dinner out at the French Laundry (yep, double standard) come to mind. Those are mistakes that he should take his lumps for, but they are not firing offenses.

The recall election stands to make a mockery of the principle of “one person, one vote.” If fewer than 50 percent of voters check the box that says Newsom should not be recalled then he will be replaced as governor of California by someone who would not stand a chance against him in a regular gubernatorial election.

Despite his early and strong leadership trying to slow the spread of the virus, Newsom’s job is now on the line, with consequences that reverberate well beyond the governor’s office—the governor appoints a long list of public servants and judges and, given U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s age (88) and rumors of her impending retirement, potentially her replacement as well.

The first question on ballots is easy to answer. Should Newsom be recalled? Resoundingly no. In an endorsement article in this week’s print edition of the Weekly we’ve got 10 reasons Newsom deserves to keep his seat—and if he doesn’t, the results could be dire.

We also offer a suggestion for how to vote on the second ballot question (“Candidates to succeed Gavin Newsom as Governor if he is recalled”)—a suggestion that is different from that of the state Democratic Party. (Hint: Don’t leave it blank, or Newsom’s most vicious opponents, those most likely to vote in this election, get to pick the next governor.)

By far, the best person for the job is the one Californians already elected: Gov. NewsomVote no on the recall and keep him in office.

-The Weekly Editorial Board

BY THE NUMBERS

California voters have tried to recall elected officials 179 times since 1913. Out of 179 total recall election attempts, 55 have been for governor. Only two of the 55 attempts have qualified for the ballot.

LATEST LOCAL NEWS

As Salinas Union administrators roll out discipline, it looks to some like they are perpetuating racism. “The district did a disservice when their first punitive action was targeted to a minority,” says Jayden Wilson’s aunt, Debra Wilson. Meanwhile, SUHSD administrators announced last night that their investigation is complete, and 27 students were involved.

Rare changes are afoot in the SLH, one of Monterey County’s most prized appellations. Overall, the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA will shrink by just 228 acres. This will mark the first change since the boundaries were established in 1991.

Seaside police officer sentenced to one year of probation in a hit-and-run case. Alex Sakhrani entered a guilty plea in connection to the April 12 collision, from which he fled the scene on foot.

A life coach talks about her journey as an entrepreneur, and the benefits of talking it out. Diana Beltran’s Inner Chats program is done in a group setting and is pitched as an “emotional support wellness group,” in which Beltran leads conversations and other therapeutic exercises.

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LOCAL INSPIRATION

LOCAL INSPIRATION of the day. There are many miles of publicly accessible beach along Monterey Bay, and one of the best places to walk and enjoy the sea breeze is at Marina State Beach. It isn’t as sought-after as many of Monterey County’s beaches, and that’s part of what makes it a nice place to wander and enjoy a view of the Peninsula—it isn’t crowded and you can always find space just for yourself. Photo by Parker Seibold. Submit your Local Inspiration (digital art, music, multimedia, video, etc.; please include the medium you’ve used, and note when and where it was created).

Put weight behind your faves. There’s still time to vote in this year’s Best Of Monterey County. The finals run through Sept. 7—vote here.

Tomorrow is First Friday and live events are back. In Salinas, it’s a celebration of both the 15th and 16th anniversaries (last year’s was canceled) and in Pacific Grove, it’s an end-of-summer special. 

First Friday also includes a virtual component, with an artist’s talk by Shuyi Qi, a realist figurative artist and Pamela Carroll, a realism oil painter. 4:30-5:30pm, Friday, Sept. 3. Register online. 

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IN CONTEXT

67 abortions in 17 hours. Inside the Texas abortion clinic racing to help as many women as possible before the six-week ban goes into place
-The 19th, Sept. 1, 2021

Meet the man who is all that stands in the way of the Taliban taking total control of Afghanistan. This province remains outside of Taliban control. 
-NPR, Sept. 2, 2021

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