OAKLAND, Calif. – The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters on Monday announced backers of an effort to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón had failed to submit the requisite number of signatures to qualify the recall for the ballot. 

The following can be attributed to Tinisch Hollins, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice:

“This was always a politicized effort that had nothing to do with what actually creates safety in our communities, and my hope is that in Los Angeles and across the state we can get back to focusing on the things we know work to make our communities safer, healthier and more whole, and which California voters continue to overwhelmingly support. It is imperative for the long term-health and safety of all of our communities that we address the root causes and prevent crime and harm from occurring in the first place. We need immediate and targeted investments in community-based initiatives that are best equipped to work with our most vulnerable populations. And we need to prioritize investment in proven, community-based initiatives like violence intervention, assertive outreach, youth employment and mentoring programming, community-based victim support and trauma recovery centers.”