“Voters in San Francisco recalled three members of the school board on Tuesday following a tumultuous period that included fights over remote learning, renaming schools, a First Amendment lawsuit and changes to the admissions process at the city’s most elite public high school. Early results showed that voters overwhelmingly supported removing the three members of the board, with people voting yes in each measure by at least 72%.
School Board President Gabriela Lopez, Commissioner Faauuga Moliga and Commissioner Alison M. Collins lost their seats on the seven member panel. Moliga conceded, and Lopez vowed to run again in November.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who endorsed the recall, heralded the results.
“The voters of this City have delivered a clear message that the School Board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else,” she said in a statement after the polls closed.
Breed had questioned the school board’s priorities. In January 2021, it spent time debating a plan to rename 44 public schools – among them those named for Abraham Lincoln, and current U.S. Senator and former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Breed, at the time, said she could not understand “why the school board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then.”
Amid a flurry of criticism, the board unanimously scrapped the plan.
Collins appears to have been recalled by the largest margin, with more than 78% of voters opting to remove her. She sued the school district, the city and individual commissioners of the school board in March 2021 after the commissioners voted to remove her as the panel’s vice president. It did so after years-old tweets she wrote surfaced that many called racist toward Asian Americans. Collins sought more than $80 million in damages, but the suit was dismissed.
Comment: If this could happen in Bluetown, the city by the bay, it is likely to spread as a concept and method for getting rid of extreme leftists on school boards. In the US such boards are generally elected and Soros, the evil gargoyle responsible for much electoral mischief in local elections will hopefully have wasted a lot of money. pl