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The Embarcadero in San Francisco, July 20, 2019. (Photo: Peter Miller/Flickr)

San Francisco Sends Out Ballots For Upcoming February 15th Special Election

Special election to decide recall of 3 SF School Board members, open Assembly seat

By Evan Symon, January 17, 2022 3:49 pm

At-home ballots for the February 15th Special Election in San Francisco are expected to begin to reach voters’ homes this week to decide both the recall of three San Francisco School Board members, as well as who replaces David Chiu as the next Assembly member for the current Assembly District 17.

San Francisco Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez, Vice President Faauuga Moliga, and Board Member Alison Collins. (Photo: recallsfchoolboard.org)

In the school board recall election, School Board President Gabriela Lopez, as well as Board members Faauuga Moliga and Alison Collins, face being recalled following a tumultuous 2021. In March of last year, old tweets of then-VP Collins came to light through school board recall supporters. In the 2016 tweets, Collins wrote numerous racist and anti-Asian American messages,  including saying that Asian Americans had “used white supremacist thinking to assimilate get ahead,” comparing Asian Americans to “House n——s”, and stating that she was looking to “combat anti-black racism in the Asian community” at her daughters’ “mostly Asian Am school.”

After Collins refused to step down, the Board voted 5-2 in a no confidence vote, stripping her of her Vice Presidency and all Committee positions.

This led Collins to sue the School District, as well as the 5 Board members who voted against her, for $87 million in District Court. While she ended up losing the lawsuit, it didn’t happen until she and the other two board members were on the verge of being put on the recall ballot.

In addition to her racist tweets, the school board is facing a number of San Francisco Unified School District parents who were upset with the school board since the lockdown was in place. The SFUSD refusing to reopen elementary schools and high schools despite other districts, such as Los Angeles, doing so when the pandemic waned, was cited as a major reason. The resulting rise of mental health issues among students, as well as learning loss, and monetary loss was impetus for parents to start the petition.

Other issues, including a massive failed citywide school renaming program, encouraged many San Francisco citizens to sign the petition last year, resulting in over 81,000 signatures being collected and making the ballot for February.

A special Assembly election

SF City Attorney David Chiu. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

The Assembly race was triggered by then-Assemblyman David Chiu being tapped by Mayor London Breed as the next City Attorney. After he left the Assembly October 31st, candidates began entering the race. The two currently polling highest, San Francisco City Supervisor Matt Haney and former City Supervisor David Campos, have been duking it out in the past several weeks through ad campaigns and debates. City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees member Thea Selby and small business owner Bilal Mahmood, are also running.

Many have pointed out that the Assembly race is generally falling to a battle over progressive values, meaning that the strong Democratic district is unlikely to fall more to the right. All four candidates are listed as Democrats, with Haney and Campos in particular known for their more left-leaning political stances.

With over 500,000 ballots sent out last Friday and now on their way, San Francisco residents will likely mail-in a large number of ballots for both elections to the lead-up of the election in Mid-February.

“Both elections are important,” explained Randall Feldman, an affordable housing advisor who has worked with many politicians in the Bay Area, to the Globe on Monday. “For the Assembly seat, they’re going to help influence state politics and be a sure progressive vote in Sacramento. And in Haney’s case, if he is elected, that means an open Supervisor seat, which is big.”

“As for the School Board recall, that’s a horse of a different color. Usually San Francisco loves these kinds of people running the schools, but to many, they kind of overdid things. Many think they turned the cannons to the deck of their own ship on this and caused a massive deficit, focused on more petty issues that people hated like the school renamings, and, in Collins’ case, voters also don’t want a racist on their board, especially in a district with a lot of Asian-American families. It’s also unusual that a lot of top area Democrats, like Mayor Breed and several Supervisors, are for the recall.”

“The school board election will be a good test case for this year. The Assembly district is Democrat no matter what, it’s a wash. But the school board recall could show that people are still upset, and if they are recalled, that means we could see some interesting results in the June primary across California, not to mention a greater likelihood that DA Chesa Bousin is recalled since he’s on the ballot for recall soon too.”

“In short, the February 15th special election is big, and all these early ballots going out are really not going to help anyone out this time around. People really know how they’re going to vote on this one.”

The special election is due to be held in San Francisco city and county on February 15th.

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10 thoughts on “San Francisco Sends Out Ballots For Upcoming February 15th Special Election

  1. No worries ….with ballot harvesting…School board members will keep their seats. California doesn’t have elections…they have selections.

      1. I think it is very interesting that, Democrats push for ballot harvesting, and then deny it happening.

        I remember how the Republicans in California publicly announced doing it at the 2020 Presidential Election and your Democratic Libtard buddies started yelling it was illegal to do it.

        It happens in California and is very popular with labor unions to do it to influence election results.

        Give it up Troll because you know it happens.

          1. and of course w16521 NEVER has absolute proof of that ballot harvesting and rigged elections are not occuring? w16521 sounds like a brainwashed troll who is no doubt on the Democrat cabal’s payroll?

          2. Ok, here’s an article from prior to the 2020 Presidential Election regarding the legality of ballot harvesting.
            https://apnews.com/article/elections-campaigns-california-house-elections-political-parties-5164975b80132942d55cc2377e767fc0
            Key points from the article:
            1. Campaigns and political parties have organized sophisticated efforts to collect ballots from likely supporters and return them to county election offices, a practice known as “ballot harvesting.”
            2. There is no limit on the number of ballots a harvester can return.
            3. In the past, Democrats have used volunteers to go door to door to collect ballots from supporters and return them to county election offices. But many are not doing that this year because of the coronavirus.
            4. Democratic U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda’s campaign has designated “neighborhood ballot hubs.” These are places for supporters to drop off their ballots with someone who will deliver them to county election offices.
            Now, also in the article, it mentioned Republicans doing the same thing. It ended up going to court and the Judge ruled that the Republicans were not breaking the law as specified by Alex Padilla and Xavier Becerra because they didn’t understand the law.
            If you want more, let me know because there are a lot of articles on left leaning news sites that discuss how ballot harvesting is legal in California, how the Democrats do it, and how they whined and complained when the Republicans took a page from their playbook.

            Let’s see you try and weasel your way out of this one.

          3. Typical of the Globe Troll. Crickets..!! Give him proof and poof, his comments cease.

            Can’t handle the truth..!!!

      2. So you feel voter ID is ridiculous? You advocate for vaccine cards but not voter ID? Why don’t you ever expand on your insane responses? Because you don’t have the ability to reason or a means to support your beliefs? do you?

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