The recall is apparently over his support for affordable housing and a homeless pallet shelter in his district, as well as claims of misconduct by the state bar. Obagi blames Cannabis dealers pushing to open dispensaries in the city for backing the recall (Catalyst Cannabis Co. has been the top funder).. Petitioners got 2452 valids and needed about 2250.
The special is supposed to cost $270,000 (or $240,000 if explanatory text is online only). If it is on the general election day, it will be $37,000.
Update: Tonya McKenzie is the only candidate in the replacement race.