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Alameda County board sets soft-on-crime district attorney recall vote for November

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors selected the November general election for the date when voters will decide whether to recall Democratic District Attorney Pamela Price.

The board of supervisors voted 3-0 during a meeting on Tuesday to set the recall vote for Nov. 5 rather than a special election after the recall effort was confirmed during a previous meeting.

Supporters of Price had pushed for the recall vote to be held on the same day as the general election, hoping high voter turnout could help her survive the bid to oust her. Those supporting the recall had advocated that the vote be held sooner, separate from the general election.

The November election will also see residents of Alameda County, which includes Oakland, vote in the presidential, Senate, and House elections, among other contests. Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis had pushed for the recall vote to occur alongside the general election, noting a separate special election could cost roughly $15 million to $20 million.

Crime has been a key topic in Oakland and the rest of the county, as has been the case in various other big cities in recent years. Earlier this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) and other state officials announced the installation of 480 surveillance cameras in the city and the East Bay to help law enforcement combat crime in the area.

Price, along with other progressive district attorneys across the country, has been criticized for her handling of prosecuting cases, with many opponents slamming her as soft on crime.

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Across the bay, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled by voters in June 2022 after backlash over his soft-on-crime record.

In Southern California, opponents of progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon have failed to get a recall on the ballot in recent years. Gascon is up for election to another term in November.

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