Manny’s: WTF Is Going On with the California Recall?

We’re bringing in three top journalists who cover California politics to give us the lay of the land about the upcoming recall. If anyone can help decipher the confusion around this election and answer any other question you have, it’s our panelists.

The stakes of the upcoming recall are huge.

Why are we even having a recall?

Is there a real chance that Governor Newsom is removed from office?

If so, who would replace him?

Why is the ballot so confusing?

How are the Democrats doing in rejecting the recall?

What level of turnout are we seeing?

How are mail-in ballots impacting the forecast of this election?

Journalists Carla Marinucci of POLITICO, Joe Garofoli of the SF Chronicle, & Doug Sovern of CBS Radio is coming to Manny’s to discuss!

The structure of this event will be about 45 minutes of discussion with the panel followed by small break out groups where YOU can meet some new folks and discuss what you just heard. We hope to help solicit a more collaborative discussion and hear the diverse stories in our city. We will be checking vaccine cards for this event.

Manny’s never turns away anyone for lack of funds. To receive a complimentary ticket just email the word “grapefruit” and the title of this event to

This event will be in person at Manny’s but there will also be a Zoom link ticket for those who’d like to tune in digitally from the comfort of their home.

About Carla Marinucci:

Carla Marinucci, senior writer for POLITICO’s California Playbook, has consistently been named one of California’s leading political writers — and for the last two years has also been honored as the state’s top digital influencer in political reporting. Prior to launching the POLITICO California Playbook in 2015, Marinucci was senior political writer for the Hearst flagship San Francisco Chronicle, and before that political editor for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. She has covered six presidential elections and seven California gubernatorial elections since 1996, including the historic recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2013, she was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a lifetime achievement award for her coverage of California politics.

You can follow Carla on Twitter.

About Doug Sovern:

Doug Sovern is an award-winning radio journalist, author of fiction, and musician and songwriter.

He is a political and investigative reporter at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. Winner of almost 250 journalism awards, he began his career at The New York Times and has also worked for Associated Press Radio and San Francisco radio stations K-101 and KGO. For more on his journalism career, and to hear selected radio pieces, please click on the RADIO page. To hear some of his pieces from the 2016 election, please click on the ELECTION COVERAGE page.

Doug also writes the Sovern Nation blog about national and California politics. For more on the blog, and to view the archives, please click on the SOVERN NATION BLOG page.

Doug is a voracious tweeter. Follow @SovernNation on Twitter for tweets about politics, breaking news, sports, the arts and more. Follow him on Facebook at Doug Sovern, Journalist-Author.

Doug was born in New York City and is a graduate of Brown University. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, Dr. Sara Newmann, and their twins.

About Joe Garofoli:

Joe Garofoli is the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer, covering national and state politics. He has worked at The Chronicle since 2000 and in Bay Area journalism since 1992, when he left the Milwaukee Journal. He is the host of “It’s All Political,” The Chronicle’s political podcast. Catch it here.

He has won numerous awards and covered everything from fashion to the Jeffrey Dahmer serial killings to two Olympic Games to his own vasectomy — which he discussed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” after being told he couldn’t say the word “balls” on the air. He regularly appears on Bay Area radio and TV talking politics and is available to entertain at bar mitzvahs and First Communions. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud native of Pittsburgh. Go Steelers!

You can also follow Joe on Twitter.

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