An effort is underway to recall Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The recall is being organized by Alexandra Datig in response to homelessness in Los Angeles. A notice of intent to recall was submitted on June 19, and it accused Garcetti of failing to adequately address the issue of homelessness. The notice cites a report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority issued on June 5 that says there are more than 36,000 homeless people in the city, an increase of 16% over the last year.
Garcetti issued a statement on homelessness in Los Angeles on June 11, in which he took responsibility for the issue and detailed his plans to address the problem. A campaign consultant for Garcetti responded to the recall effort and dismissed it as a political game.
The Los Angeles city charter establishes a signature requirement equal to 15% of the registered voters in the city to put a recall on the ballot. Organizers in the recall effort against Garcetti are trying to reach 350,000 signatures.
Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the second-largest city in the U.S. by population.
In 2018, Ballotpedia covered a total of 206 recall efforts against 299 elected officials. Of the 123 officials whose recalls made it to the ballot, 77 were recalled for a rate of 62.6 percent. That was higher than the 56.9 percent rate and 56.3 percent rate for 2017 and 2016 recalls, respectively.