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Recalled San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin announces he won’t run for reelection this year

  • Ousted former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced on Twitter that he will not be running for reelection this year.
  • Boudin said he is choosing to put his family first after “more than three years of nearly non-stop campaigning.”
  • He was previously recalled from office in June, with critics blaming the increase in crime rates on his purportedly lax policies.
  • Although he has not mentioned if or when he will be running again, the former lawyer is able to run for district attorney in the next regular election in November 2023.

Ousted former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced on Twitter that he will not be running for reelection this year. 

Boudin, who was previously recalled from office in June, said he is not running for office in November 2022, choosing instead to put his family first after “more than three years of nearly non-stop campaigning.”

Asian American voters help oust San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin in recall election

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  • San Francisco voters successfully ousted District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office last night in a recall election with 60 percent of the vote in favor.
  • Boudin implemented some of the most progressive measures nationwide regarding criminal justice, including the elimination of cash bail, increased accountability for police and efforts to reduce the number of people sent to prison.
  • Asian Americans, many of whom were from the city’s Chinese community, have been a leading force for the recall, with 67 percent voting in favor of ousting Boudin.
  • The recall undoubtedly sends a message on where Asian Americans stand on issues of crime and punishment, especially to Democratic candidates building their strategies.
  • San Francisco’s recall of its progressive DA will also influence the coming elections, demonstrating what can happen to progressive ideas in even the most liberal corners of the nation.

San Francisco voters successfully ousted District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office last night in a recall election.

The recall passed with roughly 60% of the vote in favor of Proposition H. 

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin may be ousted after tonight’s recall election by his own party

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  • The recall election for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin comes to an official close today, and it appears he will most likely be ousted by the city’s voters.
  • Since taking office in January 2020, the former lawyer has been criticized for being too soft on crime, especially with the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes due to COVID-19.
  • While Boudin has called the recall a Republican-led effort, this seems unlikely, as less than 7 percent of registered San Francisco voters identify as Republican.
  • One California Democratic official reported that the recall was supported by 64 percent of San Francisco Democrats.
  • Boudin appears to be optimistic about the outcome, urging voters to “vote no on H” on his social media and rallying with community leaders for support.

The recall election for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin comes to an official close today.

Since taking office in January 2020, the former lawyer has been criticized for being too soft on crime, especially with the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes due to COVID-19. 

SF DA Chesa Boudin introduces new AAPI victim service unit amid upcoming recall election

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  • On Wednesday, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin unveiled plans for a new Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Unit as part of his office’s wider Victim Services Division.
  • Boudin introduced the new unit’s director, Paul Lam, whom he stated would “ensure all AAPI victims of crime receive the services and support they need.”
  • The news comes at the time of his upcoming recall election on June 7.
  • With the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes due to COVID-19, Boudin was criticized for not being hard enough on combating the attacks and harassment crimes.
  • On June 7, San Francisco voters will decide whether to keep the district attorney in office, or replace him.

On Wednesday, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin unveiled plans for a new Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Unit as part of his office’s wider Victim Services Division.

Boudin announced the creation of the AAPI unit in an effort to better serve the Bay Area’s underserved communities. Boudin then introduced the new unit’s director, Paul Lam, whom he stated would “ensure all AAPI victims of crime receive the services and support they need.”

SF DA Boudin says police refused to help in boba shop bust, so he was forced to rent U-Haul

  • The San Francisco Police Department declined to help bust a global fencing ring operating out of a Quickly boba shop in Tenderloin earlier this month, according to District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
  • The operation, which led to the arrest of 41-year-old Quoc Le and the recovery of 130 boxes of electronics, would have required logistical assistance and vehicles from the police.
  • In an interview with Mission Local, Boudin said he received a “somewhat frantic” call from the SFPD days before the bust, informing him that they were “too busy” to help.
  • A “shocked” Boudin said his office resorted to renting a U-Haul, which loaded and transported all 130 boxes that contained around 1,000 electronic devices.
  • Le, on the other hand, was transported by the United States Postal Inspector and Homeland Security Investigations, Boudin said.

The San Francisco Police Department refused to participate in an operation to arrest a man who ran a global fencing ring out of a Quickly Boba Tea Cafe earlier this month, according to District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Quoc Le, 41, is facing at least a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges of possessing stolen property after the Tenderloin bust, which was part of a larger investigation that tracks stolen items from bait cars and has uncovered theft sales as far as Asia and Europe.

AAPIs mostly likely to support recall of San Francisco DA Boudin, poll reveals

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  • San Francisco’s Asian American voters are most likely to support District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s recall, according to a new poll from The San Francisco Standard.
  • Boudin, who assumed office in 2020, is facing a recall election on June 7 over his restorative justice and “decarceration” policies, which critics say worsen crimes in the city.
  • The poll, which surveyed 1,048 registered voters, found that 67% of Asian Americans favored the recall, far higher than 52% of Hispanic voters, 51% of white voters and 34% of Black voters.
  • Asian Americans are likely frustrated with Boudin’s policies as the group saw a 567% increase in reported hate crimes from 2020 to 2021.
  • Overall, 57% of the respondents said they would vote to recall Boudin, while 22% said they would not and 21% said they were undecided.

Out of all the racial groups in San Francisco, Asian Americans are the most likely to support the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin, according to a new poll.

Boudin, who took office in January 2020, will face a recall election on June 7 after critics petitioned against his restorative justice and “decarceration” policies, which allegedly worsened crimes in the city.

San Francisco boba shop served as front for global car burglary ring, DA Boudin reveals

  • A Quickly Boba Tea Cafe in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as a storage site for an international fencing ring, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Around 1,000 stolen electronics — including laptops, phones and tablets — were discovered in the shop on Larkin Street.
  • The discovery was part of a larger investigation called Operation Auto Pilot, which has been going on for over a year and has so far uncovered sales in Asia and Europe.
  • Authorities found shipping records to territories and countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam at the Quickly shop.
  • Le has been charged with eight felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property.
  • His wife, who owns the Quickly franchise, was not charged.

A Quickly boba shop in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as a storage site for an international fencing ring, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced on Tuesday.

Some 1,000 stolen electronic devices were recovered from the shop on Larkin Street. Quoc Le, 41, was arrested and faces at least a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen property.

SF DA, public defender contradict allegations made by Chinatown attack victim

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  • Anh Lê, 69, filed a federal lawsuit against the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday for allegedly mishandling his Chinatown attack case from November 2019.
  • In the original case, Lê alleged that Jimmy Tanner Sr. threatened to kill him with a glass bottle while his son repeatedly struck him with a baseball bat.
  • Sliman Nawabi, Tanner’s public defender, rejected Lê’s claims, saying his client is “severely disabled” and was in a wheelchair at the time of their encounter.

A man accused of attacking and threatening to kill an Asian senior in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Nov. 2, 2019, is “severely disabled” and was using a wheelchair to travel at the time of their encounter, his lawyer said.

The incident, which allegedly occurred in front of a Chinese grocery store on Stockton St. — and reportedly witnessed by a crowd — was cited in a federal lawsuit filed against the District Attorney’s Office this week.