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San Francisco recalls progressive DA, Contra Costa re-elects its progressive DA

Uploaded: Jun 9, 2022
San Francisco voters made national news again Tuesday when they overwhelmingly recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin by a 60-40 margin.
That result followed the recall of three woke school board members who frustrated parents by debating renaming schools instead of getting students back in classrooms. Those results bely what you’d expect from progressive San Francisco, home to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and formative political turf for both Vice-President Kamala Harris and Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Here in the East Bay, the June primary set up some interesting races in Alameda County come November. Not so, in Contra Costa County where incumbent progressive District Attorney Diana Becton easily topped prosecutor Mary Knox by a 56-44 margin, winning re-election. Sheriff David Livingston, who comes from the opposite side of the political spectrum, won re-election by an even wider 61-39 margin. Both Becton and Livingston had been criticized for actions or non-actions so there was fodder for opposition campaigns, but both won new four-year terms.
It was a different story in Alameda County where the open District Attorney’s office will pit progressive attorney Pamela Price against the top assistant in the DA’s office, Terry Wiley. Price, who ran against incumbent Nancy O’Malley four years ago (O’Malley chose to retire and not seek re-election), won 40% of the vote in a four-way race. Wiley ran second at 31% while fellow prosecutor Jimmie Wilson received 21%.
Although the top vote-getter in June, Price likely will find the two-way race more challenging. It’s difficult to imagine a Wilson voter backing her in the general election, although the extremely low turnout (11%) is an unknown dynamic. With Newsom cruising through the primary and expected to do the same in the general—same goes for Sen. Alex Padilla—the question will be if down ballot elections and local races can attract citizens’ attention.
One sure bet: there will be a flood of money spent on the dueling online betting initiatives—television ads already have been running.
When it comes to the Alameda County Sheriff’s race, incumbent Sheriff Greg Ahern finished second, well behind Sheriff’s Commander Yessenia Sanchez. He received 37% to her 47%. Progressive San Francisco officer Joann Walker received 17%. Given Sanchez’s strong showing Ahern has his work cut out to retain an office he’s held for 16 years. This is the first time a senior officer has challenged an incumbent sheriff since Dennis Jeffrey ran against Sheriff Glen Dyer in 1982.
Meanwhile, as would be expected, three incumbents topped the race for four seats on the Zone 7 Water Agency board. Dennis Gambs and Olivia Sanwong won their second terms, while Sarah Palmer was elected for her fifth term. They will be joined by former Dublin San Ramon Services board member Dawn Benson. All four campaigned while the fifth person in the race did not.
Former Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio easily topped two challengers to win a Livermore Valley seat on the county school board. The seat was open and sparked an aggressive campaign from former charter school principal Eric Dillie and private school founder Kate Dao and Cook-Kallio.

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Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 9, 2022 at 10:08 am

Jennifer is a registered user.

Keeping in mind that 80% of Contra Costa County residents didn't bother to vote, who knows how people really feel. 19.75% is a pathetically low turnout. It is odd that progressive SF got rid of their DA, yet we're stuck with Becton.

Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Jun 9, 2022 at 8:26 pm

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The headline is more like “San Francisco recalls poor performing DA."

You cannot find a more progressive city in the US than San Francisco. They don't mind progressive DAs but want them to do their job.

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 9, 2022 at 10:23 pm

Jennifer is a registered user.

Progressives don't belong in the DAs office. Progressives are soft on crime, and soft on crime is ineffectual. And we all end up paying for it -- higher crime rates.

Posted by Jeff Husted, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 11, 2022 at 8:46 am

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I suspect that some of this animosity towards Ms. Becton is because of her skin color which speaks poorly of those criticizing her policies.

Though Contra Costa County is a white Republican threshold like Orange County, let's not forget that white people are not the only people on Earth.

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 11, 2022 at 9:06 am

Jennifer is a registered user.

Skin color has nothing to do with animosity towards Becton. It's her soft on crime BS. The Danville, San Ramon area still has a Republican reputation, but Contra Costa County has more Democrats. Also, you have no idea what skin color any of us are. Not everyone is white. I'm concerned about crime, not race.

Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Jun 11, 2022 at 9:59 am

Jake Waters is a registered user.

So typical of white liberals to always throw ‘race and color' into the mix. One can never question, explore, criticize, or debate people of color without the same tired, ignorant response. If you judge a person by their character you are always labeled a racist. Hmmm, who was it that said something along that idea decades ago? Oh, how we forget the past.

Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jun 11, 2022 at 10:03 am

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Jennifer has is right!

The second poster above accused me of being "dog whistle racist".
I am a member of the most abuse race in American history.

Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 11, 2022 at 10:08 am

Malcolm Hex is a registered user.


You said you suspect that there is some animosity towards Becton because of her skin color. But what if Benton's challenger had been black and conservative? Your point, or lack thereof, would have been moot. Furthermore, you said Contra Costa County is a republican threshold like Orange County. If that's the case, how did Becton win?

Unfortunately, when you see everything through a racial lens, it makes it hard to differentiate between what is, and what is not.

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