Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis announced Thursday California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election on Sept. 14. Newsom is enjoying the fruits of an overflowing state bank account and the reopening of California after the pandemic. The latest approval ratings from a May survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, found 57% of voters would vote “no” to recalling the Democratic governor. Democrats in the Legislature on Monday voted to change the election code to expedite voting in the recall. Democrats say an early recall minimizes Newsom’s risk because his adversaries will have less time to make a case against. It also shortens the window for a natural disaster like a wildfire or another COVID-19 wave to jeopardize his approval rating.