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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bayview Activists Threaten To Recall Sophie Maxwell. Yes, Again.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 7:01 PM

click to enlarge Supervisor Sophie Maxwell -- she of the Barack Obama purse -- gets a warmer reception here from Nancy Pelosi than she is currently receiving from activists in her home district - JIM HERD
  • Jim Herd
  • Supervisor Sophie Maxwell -- she of the Barack Obama purse -- gets a warmer reception here from Nancy Pelosi than she is currently receiving from activists in her home district
Critics looked into recalling Supervisor Sophie Maxwell in 2003, and collected signatures to do so in 2004.  But the District 10 supervisor's vote this week to help the Navy circumvent a citizen's advisory group has gotten the usual suspects back on the "Recall Sophie" bandwagon -- even while she has just a year left of office. 

The vote pertained to a subject we covered earlier this year: the Navy's dissolution of the Restoration Advisory Board, a citizen's group that oversaw the military's clean-up of the radioactive waste at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The RAB members had turned against each other -- one half accuse the other half of grandstanding at the cost of getting anything done, the other half accuse the others of rubber-stamping the Navy's plans. After much rancor, the Navy couldn't take the chaos anymore and shut the board down. 

At Tuesday's board meeting, Supervisor John Avalos introduced legislation urging the Navy to resurrect the RAB. Maxwell stepped in with an amendment to give the Navy the option of creating other forums for community outreach -- just like the Navy has already been doing since taking away the soap box from its most vociferous critics.
 

"Who's to say we want the same people that have been on there the last

10, 15, 20 years?" Maxwell said at the meeting. "There needs to be some way of

invigorating that group."

The

legislation, with Maxwell's amendment included, passed 9-2. Former

members of the RAB were at the ready to call for her recall.

Daniel

Landry, who joined the RAB earlier this year right before the Navy shut

it down, excoriated her: "If we can get signatures and get Prop. F on

the ballot, surely we can recall a deadbeat supervisor," he said,

referencing the failed 2008 ballot measure to force the Lennar corporation to include

50 percent affordable housing in its shipyard housing development.

"So Ms. Maxwell, we thank you for doing nothing, and it's time for us

to relieve you of your duty, and you will have the most painful last

year of your remaining term in San Francisco history."

Board

president David Chiu reminded the speakers they must address the entire

board, not just one member. Then, Francisco Da Costa, another Bayview

activist who has called for Maxwell's recall in the past, continued in

more oblique terms: "Someone has to go, and the sooner someone goes the

better."

On Wednesday, Da Costa then hit up indybay.org, to rant some more: "This woman must go -- and a letter of intent will be sent. Followed by

the signatures what ever is required 10,000 signatures or more to

complete the action and shut out the good for nothing B****. Time to

send this big fat cow to the pastures."

But

according to e-mails circulated within the Bayview's activist community, it

seems not everyone is on the same page. Some detractors pointed out that

Mayor Gavin Newsom would get to appoint Maxwell's replacement -- not a savory

prospect for the district's progressives. Wrote activist Eric

Brooks in the e-mail chain: "We musn't recall Sophie. It's just too

dangerous." Brooks instead suggested "let's see if we can catch her in

corruption and criminally prosecute her."

Maxwell's office

says they haven't detected any signs that the effort is moving

forward beyond e-flailing. "There hasn't been any traction," said Alice Guidry, one of

Maxwell's aides. "Anything can happen but I don't think that's going to

happen."

It hardly ever does. 

Photo   |   Jim Herd

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