A recall election of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was made all but certain on Friday after it was announced that 83,487 signatures, more than 30,000 more than needed, had been submitted to San Francisco election officials.
Elected in 2019, Boudin quickly drew the ire of many residents for removing crime categories and refusing to prosecute most criminals in the city. These measures, which in addition to an already rising crime rate, lingering effects of the increased felony threshold rate Prop 47 law, and the COVID-19 pandemic, led to skyrocketing crime numbers in San Francisco in 2020, with figures remaining high in 2021 across most categories.
Retail groups have blamed Boudin personally for the high crime rates, with many businesses, such as Walgreens, pulling many stores from the city because of how much money they lost in the past few years from thefts and unprosecuted criminals.
As soon as they legally could, several groups began multiple recall petitions against Boudin. While the first petition failed to get even the minimum 51,325 signatures needed for a recall, supporters for the second petition with a deadline two months later had more luck. A still high crime rate and businesses being shut down because of the crime were large factors, as were many signers being spurred by the failed recall of Governor Gavin Newsom last month and another recall effort against several San Francisco School Board members getting enough signatures to be on the ballot.