The leader of the initiative campaign to repeal California's fuel tax and vehicle fee increases announced Monday that he will launch a drive to recall Attorney General Xavier Becerra if the measure fails next week.
Carl DeMaio, the former San Diego city councilman who has become the public face of the repeal effort, said at a state Capitol media event he's targeting Becerra over the attorney general's allegedly deceptive title for Proposition 6.
Proposition 6 would repeal tax and fee increases imposed last year to fund road and street repairs, transit and other transportation projects statewide. It would also amend the state Constitution to require voter approval for any future fuel tax and vehicle fee increases.
DeMaio complained that the attorney general's official title for the initiative, which does not include a direct reference to repealing the gas tax, amounts to an attempt to "defraud" voters.
DeMaio said the wording confuses voters and asserted that's the reason for the apparent recent decline in support for the repeal.
The title, which was printed on repeal petitions circulated earlier this year and appears on the November ballot, reads: "Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for Those Purposes. Requires Any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate."
Ballots also include the following summary of Proposition 6: "Repeals a 2017 transportation law's taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation. Fiscal Impact: Reduced ongoing revenues of $5.1 billion from state fuel and vehicle taxes that mainly would have paid for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs."