Raman recall supporters begin gathering signatures

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Wave Wire Services

LOS ANGELES — A petition for the recall of Councilwoman Nithya Raman has been approved for circulation, the Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk announced July 9.

Raman represents Council District 4, which straddles the Hollywood Hills, stretching from Sherman Oaks to Silver Lake and from North Hollywood to Mid-Wilshire. She faces a recall effort from constituents angry with her handling of the city’s homelessness crisis.

Under Los Angeles’ recall rules, constituents are able to sign petitions to recall council members starting four weeks after the notices were served. To get the recall effort on the ballot, campaigns have 120 days to obtain verified signatures from 15% of the districts’ registered voters. The petition’s deadline is Nov. 4 and it needs at least 27,405 signatures from qualified registered voters in her district.

A similar recall effort against District 5 Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Venice and other Westside neighborhoods, requires at least 27,387 signatures.

The two council members have led an effort to replace the city’s mandatory encampment cleanups with a more voluntary, service-based approach.

Their motion to have the city develop a new method to replace the cleanups, often referred to as “sweeps,” was unanimously passed by the City Council in April.

Raman had been in office for only about six months when her recall notice was served last month. The effort, which is led by Los Feliz Ledger publisher Allison Cohen, alleges that Raman is putting her “personal homelessness ideology over constituent safety.”

Raman responded to the recall effort with a statement June 15, saying:I love the people and the neighborhoods of this district. That’s why I ran to represent it. I invite the organizers of this recall to work with me on making it an even better place to live, work and raise our children.”

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