the Mayor to ask a department head for her resignation without
recommending removal of the department head to the appropriate
commission," reads Daly's letter. "Further, I ask you to investigate
whether or not the Mayor's request of a resignation from Ms. Coyote
involved any coercion or unnecessary duress. I also ask you to
investigate whether the grounds for the Mayor's request had anything to
do with Ms. Coyote's husband's support of Mayor Gavin Newsom's opponent in the Democratic primary for California Governor..."
Calls to Daly's office have not been returned. Jack Song, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, would only say that "we're looking into the claims made by Supervisor Daly."
Daly's letter also brings up an interesting point regarding the filling of Coyote's shoes -- should she ever resign. While one charter section appears to put responsibility for hiring an executive director with the mayor, another places the responsibility in the commission's hands.
It will be intriguing to see how -- if at all -- the City Attorney responds to Daly's letter. To put it mildly, it would be a bit of a surprise if the city effortlessly disclosed information that could, conceivably, lead to a lawsuit or ethics complaint. In any event, this is one film that appears to be ending more sloppily than the mayor had planned.