Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi put forth a plan to potentially remove funds from Mayor Gavin Newsom's ministry of information (his small army of press secretaries) and pet Community Justice Center in the event of the mayor cutting -- or failing to spend -- money on the supes' chosen programs. Avalos and Chiu helped to vote that one down, too.
If Daly's plan to hold the mayor accountable was too hot and Mirkarimi's was too cold, the board found Supervisor David Campos' to be just right. His proposal to earmark $45 million from the city's five largest departments to cover potential Newsom cuts. This appealed to Supervisor Sean Elsbernd about as much as plans to mandate rooftop vegetable gardens, and he voted against the final budget, joining only Supervisor Carmen Chu. (an admirably thorough reporting of this and all other Board of Supervisors machinations at yesterday's meeting was written by my colleague Paul Hogarth at BeyondChron.org).
Following up on another story covered heavily here, Public Defender Jeff Adachi got some -- but not all -- of his budget restored. Facing a $1.6 million cut (down from $1.9 in the mayor's original draft), the board removed $900,000 from the Superior Court's Indigent Defense Program and split it among the Public Defender and District Attorney; Adachi's office got $650,000. Perhaps Adachi's glossy mailers helped out after all?