Small businesses power Newsom recall, LAPD collects social media data of everyone they stop

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder speaks during a campaign stop outside a restaurant in San Diego, California, U.S. September 3, 2021. Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters.

California’s recall election has been powered by some small business owners who are disgruntled about pandemic-era restrictions and pessimistic about the state’s future. But in a state where Democrats outnumber Republican registered voters two to one, is there a path toward victory?

Plus, LA police officers are collecting social media data on every civilian they stop, regardless of whether they are arrested or accused of a crime. That’s according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice.

The City of Orange is asking Mary’s Kitchen, a nonprofit serving unhoused people, to shut down and vacate its lot by Saturday. Some residents are trying to save the 26-year-old organization.