The most important issue facing San Francisco voters is the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Contrary to the three commentators in the May 2022 edition of the Richmond Review who oppose recall, Mr. Boudin has not only demonstrated that he is unfit to serve, but his tenure has proven to be so dangerous that recall is mandated. The arguments against recall are not tenable.
First, the recall is not a Republican or Mayoral power grab, but a fundamental exercise in democracy. There are scarcely 12,000 registered Republicans in the city; 83,000 signed the recall petition to place the issue on the ballot. Thus, this is not a Republican-led recall.
In fact, Mary Jung, a member of the DCC for years, is leading the recall. Although the Mayor will appoint an interim district attorney, she or he will stand for election in November. Probably anticipating his recall, Mr. Boudin has already begun organizing a campaign in November.
Second, and most importantly, Mr. Boudin’s eclectic and unproven policies have placed the city in jeopardy. His repeated decision to defer prosecution of dangerous criminals has resulted in the death of at least ten citizens. This carnage started on December 31, 2020, with the deaths of two women on New Year’s Eve when Troy McAlister killed them driving a stolen car while he was intoxicated. Mr. McAlister had been arrested five times since his release from state prison nine months earlier and should have been removed from the street if Mr.Boudin had performed his duties. Several other citizens died because Mr. Boudin refused to perform his duties.
For example, Jack Palladino was killed by a criminal who had been previously arrested in a Turk Street shooting. Although the SFPD arrested the suspect, Mr. Boudin refused to charge him, leaving him free to murder Mr. Palladino. In another example, the police arrested a convicted felon for possession of a firearm, although the Penal Code only requires that the firearm is within reach of a felon and presence in an automobile compartment qualifies as possession.
Yet Mr. Boudin demanded DNA evidence, which is normally not available on firearms. Three months after Mr. Boudin declined prosecution, the SFPD arrested this felon for murdering two people on Portrero Hill. There are numerous other examples and at least ten people have died as a result of Mr. Boudin’s policies.
Third, Mr. Boudin, who has no prior administrative experience, appears incapable of running an office. The staff turnover has been absurd. The assistants who have left describe a demoralized office that lacks seasoned attorneys. Chesa takes over cases from his assistants and cuts deals with his buddies at the Public Defender. His deals have been so absurd that several judges have rejected them.
Mr. Bouidin has placed our beautiful city at risk. If you care about San Francisco and you desire it to be safer, please vote to recall Mr. Boudin.
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