"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."
legislation, with Maxwell's amendment included, passed 9-2. Former
members of the RAB were at the ready to call for her recall.
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."
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
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."
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."
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
It hardly ever does.
Photo | Jim Herd