Newly-elected San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin hasn’t even been on the job for one week, but he’s already drastically reforming his department.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that “at least six attorneys were fired, possibly more, including several managing attorneys in the office’s criminal division.”
After the firings on Friday (two days after Boudin was sworn into office), the D.A. released a statement. “I had to make difficult staffing decisions today in order to put in place a management team that will help me accomplish the work I committed to do for San Francisco,” Boudin said.
The Chronicle reported that among those fired “were Michael Swart, managing attorney of the office’s Homicide Unit; Todd Barrett and Linda Allen, managing attorneys in the General Felonies Unit; Ana Gonzalez, managing attorney in the office’s Gang Unit; Tom Ostly, a trial attorney in the Crime Strategies Unit, and Kara Lacey, a felony trial attorney.”
Boudin recently told SFgate.com what he plans to focus on as District Attorney.
“Homelessness, open air drug use and mental illness — which we all see in this city — are things we’ve been relying on the DA’s office and the jails to deal with,” he said to the SFgate.com. “That’s really expensive, inhumane and ineffective. … Right now the jail system is the No. 1 administrator of mental health services in the city, and so we’re waiting for people to commit a crime to get them help.”
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When Boudin was a baby, his parents were arrested in an armored car robbery that resulted in the deaths of two NYPD officers and a security guard.
While his parents were in prison, Boudin was adopted by their friends, Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. The two have long been associated with former President Barack Obama.
His grandfather, Leonard Boudin, was an attorney who represented Fidel Castro. Meanwhile, his great-great uncle, Louis B. Boudin, was a Marxist theoretician.
Before attending law school, Chesa Boudin went to Venezuela to serve as a translator in the administration of then-President Hugo Chavez, who was a Socialist and an ally of Castro’s Communist regime in Cuba.
San Francisco has serious problems. A homeless crisis, car break-ins, needles and feces on the streets, etc. However, the city’s new District Attorney has long been influenced by foreign rulers who have oppressed their own people and vehemently opposed democracy, as well as domestic terrorists and Communist sympathizers within his own family.