Residents Signal Chesa Boudin’s Lax Approach To Certain Kinds Of Crime Was Unacceptable In A City Plagued By Public Safety Issues

Residents Signal Chesa Boudin’s Lax Approach To Certain Kinds Of Crime Was Unacceptable In A City Plagued By Public Safety Issues

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8 min agoHistory-making Republican tries to stave off a challenge from her right in CaliforniaFrom CNN’s Dana Bash, Bridget Nolan, Maeve Reston and Rachel Janfaza

US Rep. Young Kim hosts a task force on human trafficking at her Orange County office in Placentia, California, in March. (Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images)California Rep. Young Kim was heralded as a face of the new GOP when she made history in 2020 as one of the first Korean American women elected to Congress.

Kim narrowly unseated Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros in a Southern California district in 2020, two years after losing to him in her first attempt. It initially looked like Kim would have an easier race this year when she decided to run in the redrawn 40th District, which is far more favorable to the GOP. But Kim is new to many voters in the new district – which encompasses parts of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties – and she had to contend with a challenge from the right Tuesday in the “top-two” primary. 

Kim, who was born in South Korea but grew up in Guam, settled in Los Angeles after earning an MBA. She previously told CNN she gravitated toward the Republican Party while studying accounting at the University of Southern California in 1984 during the Reagan administration, when his tax cuts were moving through Congress.

“I looked at some of the policies that was going through, and then I really thought, okay, Republican Party is a party that really resonate with me. We’re talking about limited government, but at the same time, individual responsibility. It’s a party for me,” she said.In 1990, Kim got a job with then-California state Sen. Ed Royce and stayed with him when he was elected to Congress. It also served as a training ground – she now holds Royce’s congressional seat.

“Being able to work with him for about 21 years in Congress, I always thought, ‘OK, at least I know a little bit about how Congress works. Maybe I can get myself here,'” she said.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the first name of former Rep. Gil Cisneros.

9 min agoCNN Projection: San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will be recalledFrom CNN’s Dan Merica

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin ponders a reporter’s question last month. (Eric Risberg/AP)San Francisco voters have recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin, CNN projects.

Boudin was narrowly swept into office in 2019, amid voters’ concerns over police misconduct, criminal justice reform and mass incarceration in the city. His win was seen as a high point for the movement to elect more progressive prosecutors. 

But his tenure was defined by the coronavirus pandemic and an overwhelming sense among San Francisco residents that crime, especially property crime, was both out of control and not a priority for the district attorney. This caused the political winds to shift dramatically against Boudin, with most San Francisco residents signaling on Tuesday that his laxer approach to certain kinds of crime was unacceptable.

The recall was also much about the impressions people in San Francisco have of their own city as it was about crime rates. Homelessness and public drug use remain a persistent issue in the city, and residents have reported feeling uncomfortable in large swaths of commercial areas because of it.

Boudin sought to fight the recall effort by labeling it a natural reaction to the election of a progressive prosecutor and linking the effort to Republicans and police unions.

But those claims didn’t move voters, many of whom said they had made their minds up based on how they felt in their city. And while Republican money did help the effort, the push to recall Boudin was initially supported by Democrats.

The result in San Francisco will have national implications, too, underscoring just how risky it will be for Democrats to go too far on certain core issues such as combatting crime.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed is now set to appoint an interim district attorney.  

1 hr 19 min agoCNN Projection: Alex Padilla makes the ballot for both special and general elections in CaliforniaFrom CNN’s Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

Alex Padilla was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to replace Kamala Harris after she became vice pres (Alex Brandon/AP)Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of California will advance to the special general election for the remainder of Vice President Kamala Harris’ term, CNN projects. CNN also projects that he will make the ballot for the regular general election in November for the full six-year term that starts in January.

Padilla was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021 to the seat Harris vacated when she became vice president.

1 hr 7 min agoCNN Projection: California Gov. Gavin Newsom will advance to general electionFrom CNN’s Rachel Janfaza, Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento last month. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)Incumbent Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will advance to the general election, CNN projects.

Newsom, who comfortably beat back an attempt to recall him last year, is seeking a second term.

1 min agoCrime is on the ballot in California. CNN analyst explains why it’s a challenge for Democrats.From CNN’s Elise Hammond

Concerns about crime and homelessness are on display in two of the biggest Democratic cities in California as voters cast their ballots in the primary election on Tuesday.

Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, said the issues of safety are sending “shockwaves” through the political landscape — both narrowly in local elections and more broadly as Democrats fight for control in Congress in November.

“On one the hand, it shows just how much — even in Democratic strongholds — there’s broad concern now about public safety that extends across racial lines,” he told CNN’s Do

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