Proponents’ Statement of Reasons for the Recall and the Board of Education Member’s Answer — Faauuga Moliga
Proponents’ Statement of Reasons
TO THE HONORABLE FAAUUGA MOLIGA: Pursuant to Section 11020 of the California Elections Code and Section 14.103 of the San Francisco Charter, the undersigned registered qualified voters of the City and County of San Francisco, California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Member of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, and to request that the Mayor fill the resulting vacancy and nominate the successor to this office.
The grounds for the recall are as follows: He has been a negligent, ineffective Board of Education Member, who failed to do his job, which is to prioritize our children's education; has mismanaged the District's finances, including not following the Brown Act and other laws, which invites lawsuits that are a waste of money and resources; has failed to prioritize or develop plans for school re-opening; has not provided adequate opportunities for parents and community members to share their concerns on issues including school renaming, school re-opening, and Lowell admissions changes; has failed students with special needs; and has made it more difficult for students from under-privileged backgrounds to obtain a good education, further widening the inequality that exists in our society.
The names of the proponents are as follows: Autumn Looijen, Lily Ho, Maria L. Delao, Stephen Lemmer, Laurance Lee, Kristi Kennedy, Paulina Fayer, James Riseman, Lora Libby, Suzanne Kirkham, Sandra Ospina, Laura Hossain, Michael J. Bertinetti, Sam Singer, Angela Rosoff, Kellee Santiago, Gregory Arenius, Jessica Gaynor, Jeffrey M. Gaynor, Farshad Alamsamimi, Ronan Lyall, Michelle Hughes, Nadim Hossain, Tom House, Justin Hughes, Cristina Rivera, Jessica Wallack-Cohen, Stephen Lewis, Michael Stein, and Jon Chu.
DATED: March 9, 2021
Faauuga Moliga’s Answer to the Statement
I am the first Pacific Islander ever elected to office in San Francisco, giving my marginalized community a voice in local government for the first time.
During my two years on the Board, I authored substantive legislation that will increase teacher retention through the construction of teacher housing.
I also authored legislation regarding transportation and Medi-Cal services that will save San Francisco Unified School District over 20 million dollars and improve services to students and families tremendously.
COVID-19 has created a volatile situation, exposing aging structures as unhealthy work environments, and causing fiscal difficulty. Through painstaking planning we addressed the facilities challenges, and with the development of vaccines and federal stimulus dollars SFUSD will emerge from this pandemic on solid footing.
The Board of Education adheres to all legal requirements regarding giving the public notice and opportunity to speak on all matters before the Board. While I have been a Commissioner, the Board has not deviated from these requirements.
I am a proud graduate of Balboa High School who is focused on doing substantive work to improve our public schools. I respectfully ask you to reject this recall.
Faauuga Moliga Commissioner of San Francisco School Board
FILED: March 15, 2021
The Board of Education Member’s Statement — Faauuga Moliga
This attempt to recall me is unjustified. Arguments made by the proponents are false. I was clear throughout 2020 and 2021 that I wanted schools open as soon as safely possible for students and staff because of mental health concerns. I was also very supportive of the community hubs initiative, playing a crucial role in getting a hub opened in Visitation Valley.
My focus before and during this pandemic has been on increasing enrollment, fiscal responsibility, and improving learning and services for students, families, and staff. Specifically, I have authored resolutions to:
• Increase enrollment, by opening an enrollment center in southeast San Francisco
• Upgrade transportation and mental health services that will save $30 million over the next five years
• Increase learning opportunities for Pacific Islander students, including the first Samoan language immersion program
• Build housing to retain teachers.
I believe I am an effective legislator and am honored to be the first Pacific Islander ever elected to office in San Francisco.
Vote No Recall of Faauuga Moliga
Among those opposed
San Francisco Democratic Party
San Francisco Teachers Union
Pursuant to California Elections Code §11327, the above statement was submitted by Faauuga Moliga to the San Francisco Department of Elections for the inclusion in the Voter Information Pamphlet.