Proponents’ Statement of Reasons for the Recall and the Board of Education Member’s Answer — Gabriela López
Proponents’ Statement of Reasons
TO THE HONORABLE GABRIELA LÓPEZ: 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: She has been a negligent, ineffective Board of Education Member, who failed to do her 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
Gabriela López’s Answer to the Statement
No answer was filed.
The Board of Education Member’s Statement — Gabriela López
As a San Francisco public school teacher, my time on the Board of Education has been dedicated to serving students, families and educators. I have worked with my colleagues and community members to achieve arts equity, structural support for latinx students, and language accessibility within my first year.
During the pandemic, I was on the ground working with monolingual families, providing support and workshops around technology use. I organized and offered school supplies twice weekly, coordinating with organizations across the city to get necessary materials in homes. I also helped create a standing food distribution site on Treasure Island immediately after school closures.
This year, we were able to reach an agreement in partnership with our educators within the first month of my presidency. I ensured our work was fully focused on our priorities which included reopening schools safely and balancing our budget. I was also able to encourage our Superintendent to serve our school district an additional year to ensure stability.
All we are here to do is make things better for San Francisco's children. It's why I went into teaching and will continue to bring those same values to the Board of Education.
Pursuant to California Elections Code §11327, the above statement was submitted by Gabriela López to the San Francisco Department of Elections for the inclusion in the Voter Information Pamphlet.