The next week or so at City Hall will be the sort that makes political junkies convulse -- and induces the predictable reaction in the population at-large upon being forced to watch junkies convulse.
The Board of Supervisors' punt-a-thon regarding the mayoral succession may finally come to an end -- right as "current" Mayor Gavin Newsom refuses to come to an end. Also in play is the pending appointment to District Attorney Kamala Harris' still-warm chair.
It all involves some moves of questionable legality -- and unquestionable hypocrisy.
As has received much ink, Newsom has opted to delay his swearing-in as lieutenant governor so as to ostensibly push the job of replacing him to the "more moderate" incoming board.
As we've noted before, the notion the next board is "more moderate" than the current one appears to be hokum -- if you look at who's leaving and who's coming in, it just doesn't equate; it's hard to see what successor mayor would be acceptable on Jan. 4 that would be unacceptable one week later (Unless this is simply an effort to stick it to Newsom's enemies on the current board. That makes more sense).
Also, it remains questionable whether Newsom can legally remain mayor after today, regardless of whether he takes the oath of office for lieutenant governor. As SF Weekly wrote before regarding Newsom's legal backing for sticking around:
In order for Newsom to claim he has the right and ability to alter the
course of mayoral selection by not resigning, he'd have to claim a
distinction between his term as mayor being automatically "vacated" when
his state office begins on Jan. 3 and the "resignation" from office
demanded by San Francisco's city charter prior to a successor mayor
being named. San Francisco rules forbid Newsom from holding two jobs
simultaneously, so he's finished as mayor as soon as his lieutenant
governor term commences. Does Newsom really want to parse the
distinction between his position being "vacated" and "resigning" -- and
claim he's doing it for the greater good? At the very best, this is a
duplicitous thing to do. At worst, it's actionable.