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By Magaly Muñoz

The Alameda Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted the certification of the results of the valid signatures submitted Tuesday evening for the recall of District Attorney Pamela Price. The board will set the election date at a special meeting on May 14.

Before the meeting, supporters and opponents held separate press conferences to argue their cases with the board and residents of Alameda County.

Price, who has thus far made little public comment on the recall, held her press conference at Jack London to announce that the California Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an investigation into the finances of the Save Alameda For Everyone (SAFE) recall campaign. .

The political action committee (PAC), Reviving the Bay Area, has been the largest contributor to the SAFE organization, reportedly donating more than half a million dollars to the recall efforts.

“Between September 2023 and November 2023, (Revive the Bay Area) donated approximately $578,000 to SAFE without complying with the laws governing all political committees in California,” Price said.

Price accused the recall campaigns of using irregular signature-gathering processes, such as paying collectors per signature, and using misleading information to get people to sign their petitions.

SAFE held their own press conference outside the Alameda County Administration Building at 1221 Oak St. in Oakland, again calling on the board to certify their signatures and set a date for the recall election.

Their press conference quickly became contentious as Price’s “Protect the Win” supporters tried to yell at the SAFE staff and volunteers. “Stop Scapegoating Price” and “Recall Price” chants continued for several moments during this event.

Families of victims urged the council to think of their loved ones whose lives are worth far more than the millions of dollars that many recall opponents say is too much to spend on a special election.

The Registrar of Voters (ROV) estimates that the special election could cost between $15 and $20 million, an amount that is not in their budget.

The Council was presented with several options on when and how the recall election would take place. They must set a date that is no less than 88 days or more than 125 days after May 14, which means the date could fall anywhere between late July and September.

But the county charter also states that if a general election occurs within 180 days of the scheduled deadline, the board could choose to use the November ballot as a way to consolidate the two events.

In the event Price is recalled, the Supervisors would appoint someone to fill the vacancy, although neither the County nor the California charter specifies how long they would have to choose a replacement.

The appointee would serve as district attorney until the next election in 2026. After that, if they run and win, they or a newly elected candidate would serve the remainder of Price’s six-year term until 2029. Price is unique as the only federal prosecutor with a six-year term.

The Board of Directors acknowledged last fall that they knew this recall would bring its own complications when Measure B, which changed the local recall charter to match California’s, was first brought to their attention.

Supervisors Nate Miley and David Haubert opposed discussing the measure, stating that the public would think the Council was trying to influence the recall campaign that had started months earlier.

“I think ultimately this gives the feeling that it’s going to end up in court one way or another, depending on who files what,” Haubert said.

Price’s legal team told the Post that the district attorney planned to consider all legal options if the recall were to occur.

Miley stated that while he supported the charter change, he did not feel it was right to schedule it for the March vote as it would ultimately cause confusion for everyone involved.

“It has created some legal complications that I think could potentially have been avoided,” Miley said.