Voters Recall D.A. Chesa Boudin

Reformist prosecutor in San Francisco will not finish first term amid social problems.

SAN FRANCISCO — Embattled Dist. Atty. Chesa Boudin, who became a lightning rod for debates over crime and homelessness in San Francisco, will not finish his first term as the city’s top prosecutor.

With more than 61% of voters backing the recall of the 41-year-old reformer candidate, the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle called the race Tuesday night.

The bitter, expensive recall election has become a referendum on some of San Francisco’s most painfully visible social problems, including homelessness, property crime and drug addiction.

The recall campaign has painted Boudin as a soft-on-crime prosecutor who doesn’t care about public safety. It has tied his criminal reform policies to high-profile crimes, including a fatal hit-and-run involving a man on parole, a series of smash-and-grab robberies from high-end Union Square stores and attacks against elderly Asian American residents.

“Safe is not a word I’d use to describe San Francisco,” said Raj Marwari, 40, who lives in the Marina District and works in finance. He said he voted to recall Boudin because “obviously, things have gotten worse in every way,” including homelessness. He said he’s embarrassed when his parents from Texas visit the city.

Removing Boudin from office won’t solve everything, Marwari said, but “when the player’s doing bad, you’ve got to pull ’em.”

Property and violent crimes fell by double-digit percentages during Bou-din’s first two years in office. But some individual categories of crime surged in the same time frame: Burglaries rose 47%; motor vehicle theft, 36%. Homicides also increased, though the city saw its lowest number of killings in more than a half-century in 2019.

Like other prosecutors in the nationwide movement to reimagine the criminal justice system, Boudin ran on a platform to reduce mass incarceration and divert low-level offenders into drug and mental health treatment instead of jail cells.

His loss could have national implications, including for Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón, who is facing his second recall attempt in two years.

During his 2½-year tenure, Boudin has refused to seek the death penalty or try juveniles as adults. He has reduced the use of sentencing enhancements. A San Francisco police officer stood trial for excessive force this year for the first time, though the officer, Terrance Stangle, was acquitted.

Boudin and his supporters fanned out across the city Tuesday to hand out pamphlets urging a “no” vote on the recall, known as Proposition H. As he campaigned along Divisadero Street in a neighborhood known as NoPa (North of the Panhandle), Boudin said he was “feeling great.”

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Comments

  1. Really??? says

    I have zero interest in the idiots of Frisco.

    Unless they start understanding the basic corruption of radical socialism there is no hope for them.

    In statistics there is the issue of random occurrences so is this rational action by the voters or is this a random occurrence?

  2. If these crying, moron liberals knew all this about Boudin and actually, intellectually wanted him out, why the heck did they NOT recall the communist moron that has been driving ALL of California into the ground and vote out NEWSCUM when they had a chance. This makes no “common” sense at all.

  3. Next on the list is GASCON in L.A. And then Newscum and Bonta!

  4. Agreed with the above sentiments about why residents didn’t vote out Newsom (too many voters asleep at the wheel, too concerned about virtue signaling, too lazy?). As a native that moved out after decades of watching CA leadership say all the right things but not do them while burning off years of life hoping for many seemingly sincere promises that never came we finally ripped off the bandaid and moved . The state leaders at many levels know exactly how to just keep you in a position of alive but unable to thrive which effects the majority while keeping a select few happy (ie tech moguls, unions, ……). I don’t believe (yet) that there will be a shift in CA ways. I might even guess that the elite are good even if they crack one of their own eggs once in awhile without fighting (letting Boudin go) to let the masses of residents think there is wind of change coming that I have yet to see. After watching the state leadership close for over a decade hoping to not upset my family, home etc with the significance of moving out of the state we couldn’t stand to watch it circle the drain any longer. Government is a business and if we don’t hold them accountable for the products and services they produce (ie the public pace, DMV. roads, …….) you will have what CA is where they take excessive amounts of money (taxes, federal help, permitting fees ……. on and on) then turn out a not so good experience for the tax payers. It is amazing how little of money our new home state government takes in and the crazy good experiences we have when we use their products and or services (parks, roadways, DMV, …….) basically all the things a resident needs to just work. How can a state, which is a big business, that barely has to be accountable, if at all, when measured up against the amount of income they take in (ie taxpayer money) be unable to turn out a not so great experience for the residents when they either use the products or services the state has fingertip control of? I once heard a new married couple that moved to CA say “it is kind of ghetto everywhere”. CA could be great again but they have a looooong road (years) to get back to that real reputation that came from a long time ago that in reality has been gone for at least a decade.

  5. john kindseth says

    If Boudin said he was “feelin’ Great” it was because he was feelin’ himself. Everyone else knows he is excrement.

    • john kindseth says

      If Boudin said he was “feelin’ Great” it was because he was feelin’ himself. Everyone else knows he is excrement.

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