San Diego’s Kevin Faulconer is running a serious campaign for governor, without a bear.

Ben Christopher, CalMatters, on the Times of San Diego:

A Republican former mayor of San Diego, he governed that once Republican but now reliably blue coastal city as a pro-immigrant, climate-change-believing, bilingual urbanist. He touts endorsements from the traditional quarters of state GOP leadership.

And he really wants you to take the recall election seriously.

So far, Faulconer has tried to make waves in a way that almost seems quaint in 2021: by releasing policy proposals.

The logic of recall works for Faulconer. Faulconer is a moderate Republican in blue California, which handicaps him in a normal election. A normal election starts with a primary, where a Republican has to appeal to the MAGA base, and then pivot to the center. But the recall skips the primaries.

However, Faulconer’s candidacy depends on voters wanting to get rid of Newsom, who has proven popular. But right now Newsom is writing high on re-opening popularity, and his popularity may take a big hit when we get into a wildfire and blackout season.

Lots of “howevers” and “buts” in the previous two paragraphs. That’s just the nature of the recall.

The California recall election against Gov. Newsom could be as early as August

From this article: California Lawmakers Agree to Reimburse Recall Costs, by Matthew Renda on Voice of San Diego:

Democratic lawmakers in California vowed to reimburse local jurisdictions for the approximately $200 million in costs associated with the likely impending recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom.

Lawmakers also indicated the recall election could take place earlier than November, possibly as early as August.