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Parents rally against school board’s inaction to plan for safely reopening classrooms. Photo credit: CNN

Welcome to my special newsletter about actions to change the school board. This is update 6.

This update includes:

  • Charter Amendment Launch
  • Appointing Vs. Electing School Board
  • Video Profile of Recall Leaders
  • Rally to Open All Schools and Grades Full Time
  • Communication Links

The goal of this newsletter is to provide information on the ways to reform the school board and give direction on how you can get involved. More than 1,500 parents and residents are newsletter subscribers so far.

Do you have friends who would like this newsletter? Ask them to subscribe here.

Thanks for your support,
Joel Engardio


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Welcome to my special newsletter about actions to change the school board. This is update 5.

This update includes:

  • The Big Three
  • 7,000 Recall Inspirations
  • Recall Timeline
  • Communication Links

The goal of this newsletter is to bring people together, provide information on all the options to reform the school board, and give direction on how you can get involved. More than 1,500 parents and residents are newsletter subscribers so far.

Do you have friends who would like this newsletter? Ask them to subscribe here.

Thanks for your support,
Joel Engardio

THE BIG THREE A month ago, it was unclear who…


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Examples of the 44 public schools in San Francisco slated for a name change because they honor people with troubling histories. A parent advocacy group reviewed the school board’s renaming process and gave it a failing grade for being “deeply flawed.”

By Joel P. Engardio

Are you frustrated by the way San Francisco’s public schools are run but don’t know what to do about it? I’ve heard from many people who are upset that the school board seems more focused on renaming schools than safely reopening them.

Most want to know if the school board can be recalled. Some have asked if we can stop electing the school board in a low information/low turnout race and let the mayor appoint competent school commissioners. I’ve compiled a list of options along with the pros and cons of each.

Tipping Point When school…


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Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco is slated for a name change. Photo credit: Associated Press

By Joel P. Engardio

My elementary and high schools were named for once-prominent men who lived in Michigan in the 1800s. I never knew anything about them. I hope they weren’t bad men who supported racism, misogyny or the persecution of LGBTQ people.

San Francisco’s school board isn’t taking any chances. They want to rename up to a third of public schools that honor people now deemed “inappropriate.”

Many of the 44 schools slated for renaming involve obscure historical figures: Robert Louis Stevenson (author), Frank McCoppin (first Irish-born mayor of San Francisco), James Lick (land baron who inspired Ghirardelli chocolate)…


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San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and a memorial to two women killed. Photo credit: SFGovTV and ABC-7 News.

By Joel P. Engardio
Vice President
Stop Crime SF

This is an essay about the importance of accountability, especially when working to reform something with life and death consequences such as our criminal justice system.

It was tragic when two women crossing a street in San Francisco were struck and killed by an allegedly drunk driver who ran a red light on New Year’s Eve.

Yet outrage has only grown with reports that the suspect was on parole for armed robbery and remained free despite being arrested multiple times in recent months. …


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Four Generations: The author (Generation X), his mom (Boomer), grandma (Greatest), great grandma (Lost)

By Joel P. Engardio

A new year is a good time to learn more about and honor the generations of past and present. I’m glad someone thought to take this photo of four generations in my family: great grandma (Lost Generation), grandma (Greatest Generation), mom (Baby Boomer), myself (Generation X).

Do you know your generations? I was surprised to discover that in 2021 the oldest Millennials turn 40! How did they become middle aged? Now, the torch of youth is held by Generation Z, age 24 and under.

To better understand the timelines, I’ve compiled a “Generations 101” explainer.

Lost…


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Joel Engardio and husband Lionel Hsu

I want to thank everyone who was part of my San Francisco supervisor campaign. We won the most first-place votes, but we lost after ranked choice voting was factored in.

The good news is that we can celebrate Joe Biden winning the presidency. Now, we can take a deep breath and think about better days for our nation. While we have many challenges ahead that require fixing and healing, we can be hopeful that solutions are possible.

With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris leading the nation, I believe it will allow us on a local level to feel more at…


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Mohammed Nuru, also known as “Mr. Clean,” was the longtime director of SF Public Works. He was arrested by federal authorities in January and charged with corruption. Photo credit: Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle

By Joel P. Engardio

You probably spent the morning of April 4, 2018 dodging broken glass from smashed car windows, discarded heroin needles and even human waste on the sidewalk as you went to work or took your kids to school.

If you cursed how this had become the everyday experience of living in San Francisco, you might have wondered who at City Hall was responsible for cleaning sidewalks.

That person was Mohammed Nuru, the director of SF Public Works, nicknamed “Mr. Clean.” But on April 4, 2018, he wasn’t busy cleaning anything. …


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An seismically unfit and abandoned elementary school serves as the training facility for the San Francisco Police Department. An academy class (before social distancing) had to sit on the floor of the former school’s gym/auditorium. Photo credit: Rachael Garner/San Francisco Examiner

By Joel P. Engardio

San Francisco’s police department trains in a seismically unfit school near Diamond Heights that students abandoned long ago. At peak times the building holds 150 officers who risk injury if it collapses in an earthquake. A modern facility would be significantly safer, but will anyone agree to pay for it in today’s “defund the police” political climate?

Meanwhile, the fire department’s outdated training facility on Treasure Island is slated to be torn down for a new housing development. An alternate location must be found soon. While no one is protesting firefighters, City Hall’s projected $2.5 …


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Photo credit: BRG

By Joel P. Engardio

Is fiber infrastructure the 21st century version of filling potholes? Today, a shaky internet connection at home is as frustrating and expletive-laden as driving down a bumpy road.

While we expect street repair to be a basic function of city government, what about the installation and maintenance of internet connectivity for all residents? A smooth car ride is nice. But a reliable online experience is a necessity for everyone who must work or attend school from the kitchen table.

Even after coronavirus, more San Franciscans will work from home permanently. The pandemic has forever changed how…

Joel Engardio

Forward-thinking + pragmatic Democrat, civil liberties advocate, award-winning journalist, Westside SF homeowner. My local views at www.engardio.com/issues

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