Petition to Recall Socialist Los Angeles Councilwoman Approved for Circulation

Petition to Recall Socialist Los Angeles Councilwoman Approved for Circulation
Nithya Raman in Los Angeles on March 12, 2019. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Marie Claire)
Zachary Stieber

A draft petition to recall a socialist Los Angeles councilwoman has been approved.

The petition to recall Councilwoman Nithya Raman was approved on July 9, the Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk confirmed to The Epoch Times.

The petition must garner 27,405 valid signatures of qualified registered voters of Council District 4, which Raman represents, to be presented to voters. That number reflects 15 percent of registered voters in the district.

The deadline for filing the petition is Nov. 4.

Recall organizers accuse Raman, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), of enabling crime by working to cut funding to the police and supporting homeless encampments, which have "expanded exponentially" in the district since she was sworn into office in January.

Organizers describe themselves as "a district-wide coalition of residents demanding a return to sanity in CD4."

Raman's office didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

"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," she said in a previous statement to news outlets.

Raman told Jacobin magazine last year about her political affiliations.

"I’m a registered Democrat, but I’m a member of DSA locally and pretty much my entire platform very much overlaps with what DSA has been fighting for here in LA," she said at the time.

"My politics is one that looks at, particularly in a city like Los Angeles, where the market has failed to accommodate or create housing for residents that they can afford and where our market has failed to meet the needs of our residents locally and making sure that we’re filling those gaps."

Socialism is considered a preliminary step in the implementation of communism, often relying on ideas and policies that are implemented more fully in a communist system.

Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin is also facing a recall effort from constituents upset about his response to homeless people in his district, as is Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón for allegedly failing to protect communities.

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