Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price, backed by leftwing billionaire George Soros, is facing recall in California based on allegations of being soft on crime and nepotism.
A group of Alameda residents called Save Alameda for Everyone (SAFE) submitted signatures to officially file a notice of intent to recall Price, a local NBC affiliate reported.
According to the latest annual crime report from the Oakland Police Department, there was a 10% leap in crime overall, while in Berkeley, property and violent crime jumped to a 10-year high.
The Oakland NAACP called for a declaration of a state of emergency due to the rise in crime.
“Between 2018 and 2022, the average time it took police to arrive after 911 received a call about a high-priority incident ballooned from 12.7 minutes to 19.1 minutes, more than a 50% increase,” one local news outlet noted.
Price has been given ten days to respond to the recall notice; after that, a committee can collect more than 90,000 legal signatures, which is required to put the issue on a ballot.
“We know that recalling a public ofﬁcial is a long and arduous process necessitating a large and sustained grassroots effort. However, we are resolved to remove Price from office because our safety and that of our families is at stake,” the SAFE website reads.
Price is accused of hiring her boyfriend in her office, failing to disclose the relationship, and giving him a six-figure salary.
Critics also accuse Price of being “soft on crime.”
“I don’t want any family to suffer what we have suffered,” SAFE member and widow of a murder victim, Virginia Nishita, said in an interview with a local NBC station.
“I don’t want anyone to go through this. I don’t want anyone to struggle each day with the trauma.”
Nishita’s husband, Kevin Nishita, was a security guard killed in 2021 amid rampant crime in the state.
“She has to change her ways and think about us, the victims,” Nishita continued.
“We are the public. We are the people she needs to be protecting. That’s what the DA is supposed to be for. She is not the public defender.”
Another member of SAFE, Lorie Moh, whose son was shot and killed during a Home Depot theft, told NBC Bay Area that she fears Soros-backed Price will reduce the murderer’s sentence.
“She is only charging possession of a gun; she is not charging death and discharge,” she said. “This woman shot my child.”
Prior to the recall, Soros reportedly poured over a whopping $130,000 into the Alameda District Attorney race in support of Price in California, Newsmax reported.
Politico notes that this is California’s third attempted recall of a reform-minded prosecutor in less than 18 months.
Across the country, a dozen of Soros-backed district attorneys were removed from or left their posts.