SF DA Boudin could stay in the job until July despite recall vote

The recalled San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, could carry out his soft, progressive policies for weeks despite a crucial vote to oust him.

Boudin may not be removed before 10 days after the city council confirmed Tuesday’s recall election, which he lost by about 20 points, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

The city’s director of elections said Wednesday about 100,000 ballots were untold and he expects the count to be confirmed by the end of the month, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Boudin, 41, did not say if he planned to resign early, during a concession speech in which he blamed “right-wing billionaires” who “beat us 3 to 1” and spokesmen for his office for voting against him and the campaign did not immediately return requests for comment on Thursday.

The situation raises the possibility of Boudin remaining in office at the start of what could be a hot and violent summer in San Francisco, where several protest rallies are routinely held each weekend.

In 2020, Mayor London Breed ordered a city curfew after riots broke out during demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which saw high-end businesses in the Union Square shopping and restaurant district being looted and destroyed.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin speaks during a news conference May 10, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled Tuesday after his soft anti-crime policies proved ineffective against the city’s rising crime rate.
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While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Breed – who vowed last year that the cops would be “less tolerant of all the cops that destroyed our city” – refused to reveal how she voted on the recall, saying , they haven’t decided who to name as a temporary replacement for Boudin.

“With this decision, I’ve already started speaking to people in the community,” she said, according to NBC Bay Area.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people: judges, attorneys, community members, people I grew up with who went to prison for things they never did.”

Breed’s office reportedly said the appointment may not come until early July.

A special election will be held in November for the remainder of Boudin’s term, which ends in 2024. SF DA Boudin could stay in the job until July despite recall vote


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