The “SF Safer Without Boudin” campaign reported on Friday that its petition to remove the city’s George Soros-backed radical district attorney Chesa Boudin greatly exceeded the number of signatures it needed to get the question onto the ballot. The rules required that 50,000 valid signatures were needed. Andrea Shorter, spokeswoman for the campaign, said, “Our goal was to garner at least 70,000 signatures, so we exceeded even our own goal. The demand was great.’
The campaign obtained more than 83,000 signatures. City officials now have 30 days to validate them.
Why all the fuss? After all, Boudin is a darling of the radical left. Funded by George Soros, he ran on the far-left platform of accusing the criminal justice system in the city of being racist to the core and vowing to replace many of the prosecutors in the DA’s office with soft-core progressives who would either sharply reduce or eliminate entirely enforcement of drug offenses or minor-property theft like shoplifting. He promised to eliminate cash bail and install an office of social welfare types to care for the criminals rather than sending them to jail.
So far this year murders in San Francisco are up more than 30 percent from a year ago while car theft, burglary and arson have jumped between 30 and 44 percent, according to SFPD reports.
Boudin’s background is pure communist. The destructive ideology is in his DNA. His great-grand-uncle, Lous Boudin, was a Marxist. His grandfather, Leonard Boudin, was an attorney who defended communists Fidel Castro and Paul Robeson.
His parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were members of the Weather Underground, both of whom were convicted of murder following a botched Brinks robbery. Kathy got 40 years and David got life.
After their incarceration Boudin was raised by Weather Underground radicals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
But Boudin made a special trip to New York to persuade then-Governor and now disgraced Andrew Cuomo to cut his father’s sentence short. Last Tuesday David Gilbert was released from prison.
He got his law degree, not surprisingly, from Yale Law School. But before getting his JD degree he traveled to Venezuela to work for the Hugo Chavez communist dictatorship.
When he won election in 2020, he turned the DA’s office upside down. He fired an estimated 50 prosecutors and replaced them with like-minded progressives. He eliminated cash bail. He refused to cooperate with ICE. He reduced the city’s prison population initially by 25 percent but increased that to 40 percent from before he took office. That means that four out of every ten of those criminals are now out on the streets, committing murder, robbery, theft, and mayhem.
In an exclusive interview, several SFPD officers revealed what it’s like to be an officer attempting to enforce the law under Boudin. The California Globe conducted the interview but refused to reveal the officers’ names because of the certainty that they would suffer retribution from Boudin’s office.
One of those interviewed revealed what life is like under Boudin. His beat is inside the Target store on Mission Street. He said:
This store does between $80,000 to $120,000 in sales every day. And they lose 25 percent of it [every day]. Even if they’re making 25% profit, the stealing takes that down to zero.
When a journalist from the Globe asked if the presence of armed, uniformed police officers had any deterrent effect on shoplifters, another officer was blunt in his assessment:
They don’t care. There’s no consequences. Literally zero consequences.
I’ve kicked out… I’ve been here since 9 AM today. I probably have already kicked out eight or nine people and I’ve recovered a thousand dollars’ worth of stuff alone off of that.
Whether we kick them out, tell them they can’t come back, whether I put them in handcuffs and take them down to the county jail—there is no difference. Because they will not be prosecuted by the district attorney.
Therefore, there is nothing documented that they can’t come back here. You know, they get no time in jail to think about what they did, right? There is zero consequence.
And that’s why in this store the same exact people come in every other day and in the city the same couple percent of people are the same people committing all the car break-ins, all the robberies and all the shootings, any aggravated assaults right in town where there’s more street people, people fighting.
It’s all the same exact people, and there are zero consequences. Therefore, you take them to jail they get out of jail. They do it again. It’s a big circle.
The corruption is so bad that on Monday two of Boudin’s prosecutors quit and joined the campaign to get rid of him. One of them, Don Du Bain, said:
Chesa has a radical approach that involves not charging crime in the first place, and simply releasing individuals with no rehabilitation and putting them in positions where they are simply more like to re-offend….
[Boudin] disregards the laws that he doesn’t like, and he disregards the court decisions that he doesn’t like [in order to] impose his own version of what he thinks is just.
Monica Showalter wrote in American Thinker that the overwhelming support for ridding the city of Boudin as shown by the vast number of signatures obtained above the minimum required bodes well for the city:
That’s good news for the beleaguered city, beset by home burglaries, violence, open-air drug use, cartel activity, bums defecating, and shoplifting so monstrous that huge retailers are pulling out.
Nobody but cops, it seems, gets prosecuted on Chesa Boudin’s watch.
Unfortunately for the citizens of that “beleaguered city” (who, it should be remembered, elected Boudin in the first place), even if the signatures are validated, the issue won’t go before the voters until next June. That gives Boudin plenty of time to continue to inflict his form of social justice onto them.
In the meantime, visitors to the City by the Bay are given free phone apps to steer them clear of excrement left by the homeless.