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Wednesday in San Francisco: City to apologize for historical treatment of Asians, mayor supports school recall and more

Sri Ravipati
A sign against violence against Asian Americans is posted in front of a store in Chinatown on March 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Sri Ravipati

Here are the top headlines in San Francisco for Nov. 10.

S.F. may soon apologize for its anti-AAPI laws

Following the lead of Antioch, San Jose and Los Angeles, San Francisco may soon become the next city in California to formally apologize for its historical treatment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard a resolution to make an apology for over 150 years of discriminatory laws toward AAPI residents dating back to the California Gold Rush.

"Law after law passed in this building targeting Chinese immigrants," Supervisor Matt Haney said.

The resolution will be up for a vote later this year.

Union Square loses another major retail store

The DSW at 400 Post St. closed this week, marking another big closure for San Francisco's Union Square, The Chronicle reports.

DSW announced in March it would be closing 24 retail stores this year. The four-story store in Union Square opened in 2012.

Mayor Breed voices support for school board recall

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday said she supports removing three school board members — President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and commissioner Alison Collins — whose recall will be on a ballot Feb. 15, The Chronicle reports.

“Sadly, our school board’s priorities have often been severely misplaced,” Breed said in a statement per The Chronicle. “During such a difficult time, the decisions we make for our children will have long-term impacts. Which is why it is so important to have leadership that will tackle these challenges head-on. ... Our kids must come first.”

Collins and López did not immediately return requests for comment on Breed's support, but Moliga responded.

“The mayor seems unconcerned with removing the first and only Pacific Islander to hold office in San Francisco,” said Moliga. “Further, Mayor Breed disregards my work on the board, where I have authored resolutions that will retain teachers, increase enrollment in the southeastern section of San Francisco, improve learning opportunities for marginalized communities, and upgrade transportation and mental health services to save our public schools $30 million over the next five years.”

S.F. District Attorney Chesa Boudin recall certifies votes, election next June

The San Francisco Department of Elections on Tuesday certified that the petition to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin contains a sufficient number of valid signatures, NBC Bay Area reports.

Director of Elections John Arntz sent a letter to petition organizers on Tuesday notifying them of the conclusion of the certification process. Boudin will officially be forced into a recall election on June 7, 2022 during California's statewide primary.

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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