BREAKING: The attempt to recall Los Angeles D.A. George Gascon has failed.
The recall needed around 566K valid signatures to qualify. It got 520K verified, despite submitting 715K. Of the 195K disqualified signatures, the Registrar says 131K of them were from voters who were not registered or who submitted duplicate signatures.
One of the big fears among some supporters was that the mail-in petition blitz - which sent more than 3 million petitions out to L.A. County voters late in the recall drive - would produce a lot of duplicates. That fear is somewhat borne out by what the Registrar released today.
I'll have a full story up on the results soon, but if you're catching up, here's my last long look at the recall's final push:…
Just 9K signatures were tossed due to a mismatch between signature on file and the one on the petition -- which was not the difference between success and fail here, effectively neutering the Recall's legal challenge last week that proper procedures weren't being followed.
Here's our first story, it will be updated ... a lot: Second effort to force Los Angeles D.A. George Gascón into recall election fails…
32K because the address on the petition didn't match the registered voter address on file. Additional ones were tossed for having a mismatched signature.

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NEW: For years, more than a dozen Torrance cops exchanged racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic texts and images. Today, I can identify most of the officers and reveal some of their hateful conversations. My latest:…
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Trying to organize my thoughts here: First and foremost thanks to all the journalists, friends, sources and others who made noise tonight to get me out. @ShotOn35mm for filming it & @steffdaz for calling my fiancee. I was mostly worried about her finding out via Twitter.
It is insane to me that I wrote this story 7 days ago. Lexis and I were standing next to one another tonight. I definitely made some joke about like "they wouldn't do this again, right?" Clearly my comedic timing is off.
Gonna try and do this objectively. Some facts: Yes, @LAPDHQ declared a dispersal order. They gave people well over 20 minutes to disperse. They had been getting hit with strobe lights and been taunted, but I didn't see anything thrown at them until after they charged the crowd.
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Mar 26, 2021
Crowds starting to form near @MitchOFarrell office as another day of #EchoParkLake demonstrations gets under way
LAPD already drove up with the speaker truck suggesting they might threaten a dispersal order.
Some protesters now refusing to get out of the way of LAPD speaker truck, which pulled into an alley behind O’Farrell’s office.
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Demonstrators now calling for dissipation of the protest as LAPD announced those in the park can stay another 24 hours. Meeting some resistance. #EchoParkRiseUp
Literally one minute after I tweeted this cops fired with a launcher at the skirmish line.
Resident of the encampment: “I live here and I consider tonight a victory.”and asking the group to move back from LAPD slowly.
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Mar 25, 2021
They just gave the dispersal order again. Been almost a half hour since the first one. #EchoParkRiseUp
They’re now saying 10 minutes to disperse.
It’s been an hour since the first dispersal order, @kevrector corrects me. That’s an unusually long window, at least compared to most LAPD protest windows I’ve seen given.
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