Look at how dramatically California changed — and where — in the 18 years since the last recall

Look at how dramatically California changed — and where — in the 18 years since the last recall

Ada Briceño was scraping dishes at a convention hall in Orange County when then-Gov. Gray Davis finished his speech, walked through the kitchen and stretched out his hand. She slipped off her rubber gloves and shook it.

The meeting set the Nicaraguan immigrant on a political path bookended by two recall campaigns 18 years apart. In 2003, she knocked on doors for Davis, but back then — in one of California’s most conservative counties — the governor’s ouster was bitter and inevitable.

Not this time

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