But after a series of Collins tweets surfaced earlier this year that use derogatory language against Asian Americans, Moliga expressed support for Collins being removed from his committee assignments and his role as vice-chairman of the board of directors. In response, Collins unsuccessfully sued the district for nearly $ 90 million in damages.
Collins and López did not respond to the request for comment, while Moliga posed questions to Asian Pacific Islander activist Gaynorann Siataga.
“Right now we feel as a community very insulted and very disrespectful,” Siataga said. “Not just because Moliga is a Pacific Islander, but he’s a great representative and he has done a lot of amazing work.”
Siataga urged voters to “look at each one individually”, adding “I don’t think Commissioner Moliga should have been included in this recall”.
Politically imperiled board members are likely to find support from the union representing employees of the San Francisco Unified School District. Cassondra Curiel, president of United Educators of San Francisco, said removing board members would give the mayor power over the school board at the expense of the voice of parents and teachers.
“As educators who love our communities and care for our students, we urge voters to reject this reminder,” said Curiel. “The recall will waste valuable resources when decision makers must focus on meeting the needs of our students.”
The COVID-19 closures and restrictions have served as hot spots for school policy beyond San Francisco, said Joshua Spivak, senior researcher at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.
“There have been a tremendous number of recall attempts against school board members, but very, very few have made it to the polls this year,” said Spivak, a recall expert who is the author of the book “Recall Elections: From Alexander Hamilton to Gavin Newsom. “
Spivak called the San Francisco school board recalling the most notable attempt to remove school officials since 1959, when voters in Little Rock, Arkansas recalled three segregated school board members – ending a stalemate on the integration of the city’s high schools.
“What makes this interesting is the number of signatures required,” Spivak said of the San Francisco campaign. “That’s a huge amount of signatures for any local office.”
City law requires that promoters of the recall collect signatures equal to 10% of the city’s registered voters. By comparison, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s failed campaign to remove Gavin Newsom qualified by hitting a threshold based on votes cast in previous gubernatorial elections.
In addition to the three recall questions, the February ballot will also include a vote on the city’s next assessor-recorder – and could potentially include a state assembly primary contest for voters in eastern Quebec. city.