Local punk band Wacko played at Long Beach City Hall where, for the second week in a row, demonstrators gathered to protest police brutality, Mayor Robert Garcia and the continued closure of city council meetings to the public.
During the gathering, organizer Franklin Sims announced that he is formally beginning the process to recall Garcia.
“It’s not easy for me to say, ‘This man should lose his livelihood, he should lose his job,’ ” Sims said. “But there have been too many deaths. There’s too much unaccountability. There have been too many dollars that go to the wrong hands.”
For the recall effort to move forward, 10% of the city’s registered voters must sign a petition, which means the campaign to recall Garcia requires about 26,500 verifiable signatures within 160 days. Sims encouraged protesters to register to vote, which is a requirement for signing the petition.
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