Recall season heats up in SF / Film crews descend on Lower Haight

11.9.21 * Circulation 2,974

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Recall season is heating up. 

On Tuesday, the Department of Elections confirmed that the recall effort against District Attorney Chesa Boudin gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. 

As the Chronicle’s Trisha Thadani reports, Boudin’s future as San Francisco’s DA will be decided by voters on June 7, 2022, as part of the statewide primary election. If ousted, Thadani noted, Mayor London Breed would decide on his replacement. 

Upon news of the certification, a spokesperson for Boudin, Julie Edwards, said, “After spending $1.4 million, and using shady and misleading tactics, it's no surprise that this radical recall has bought its way onto the ballot.” 

A spokesperson pro-recall group, Safer SF Without Boudin, did not immediately respond to my request for comment. 

Also on Tuesday, Mayor London Breed threw her support behind the effort to recall school board president Gabriela López, vice president Faauuga Moliga, and member Alison Collins. 

“Sadly, our school board’s priorities have often been severely misplaced,” Breed said in a statement, first reported by the Chronicle. “Our kids must come first.”

Last week, State Senator Scott Wiener also voiced his support to vote out the three board members in the upcoming special election, which is set for February. 

And with that...onto some more news… 

Quick bits: 

  • 📡 Did your internet go out last night too? Apparently, Comcast had an outage around 10 pm on Monday that impacted thousands of customers across the Bay Area. The company said the “intermittent service disruptions [were] a result of a network issue.” (Chronicle

  • 🚛 Amazon has confirmed its plans to build the company’s largest San Francisco fulfillment center at 900 7th Street in the Design District. Previously, the site, which Amazon bought from Recology last year for some $200 million, had been at the center of a proposal that would have brought over 1,000 housing units to the area. If approved by the city, the shipping center could take up to two years to construct. (SFist

  • 🙏 On Tuesday, Supervisor Matt Haney plans to introduce a resolution that calls on the city of San Francisco to apologize for its “historical wrongs” against its Chinese community, the Chronicle’s Shwanika Narayan writes. The idea was prompted by UC Berkeley junior Drew Min and of his two friends, and if adopted, San Francisco would become the fourth California city to issue such an apology. (Chronicle

  • 🎥 Video crews have descended upon the Lower Haight this week to film a new Apple TV Plus series code-named “Madeline.” But, this isn’t a remake of the popular children’s book. According to the SFGATE’s Dan Gentile, the show will be called “Surface,” which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and centers around her character “piecing her life back together after a suicide attempt.” (SFGATE

What else I’m reading: 

Fed up with ‘a fire a week’ Northeast Mission residents demand action on encampments (Mission Local

San Francisco’s clampdown on parklets fuels turmoil (Examiner

As techworkers stay home, San Francisco food banks scramble for volunteers (Examiner

SF’s New Performing Arts Center Touted as ‘Engineering Marvel’ (Here/Say

How to Unpack One Supervisor’s Rejection of the Project to Turn an SF Parking Lot Into 500 Homes (The Frisc

And finally…

Did you see the photos of Ivy Getty’s wedding this past weekend in San Francisco? This Vogue piece documented the model/oil heiress’ lavish weekend, which included a Thursday night welcome party at the Palace of Fine Arts, a Friday night rehearsal dinner at three-Michelin starred Quince, a Saturday ceremony under City Hall’s rotunda (officiated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi) and an after-party at the Getty Mansion in Pacific Heights. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed were in attendance as well. 

Alright, that’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and watch out for a special email from me tomorrow morning. I’m excited to see/hear what you think. Talk soon! - Nick B.

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