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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

SF Gov InAction: Supes To Spend Week Memorializing Extra, Extra Hard

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 8:30 AM


Most Government offices in America took Monday off to honor those who fell in our nation's defense. For the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, however, Memorial Day is really about honoring what all the other holidays, from Veterans Day to Christmas, are really about honoring: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. That's why, whenever there is a holiday -- of any kind, at any time -- they try to take the entire rest of the week off. Because to take any less vacation time would be to dishonor the memory of everything they've done for this city. So if you think that canceling all their meetings for the week of during a budget crisis is inappropriate, just remember: Chris Daly once chewed out a small business owner for you. Sean Elsbernd once ate too much shrimp at a fundraiser, and he did it for you.

Carmen Chu sat, quietly, on your behalf -- even though you didn't ask. You didn't have to.

Doesn't their sacrifice entitle them to a week off for Memorial Day?

Wednesday, May 27, 12 p.m. - Full Board of Supervisors

It was supposed to, but, then the MTA budget pseudo-impasse dragged on into its third week, and everybody agreed that, yes, all right, they could show up to ONE meeting this week, although that's really not fair since David Chiu once sat and listened to a constituent for, like, 15 minutes, and kept his face impassive the WHOLE TIME, not once letting on that people with Harvard degrees have more important things to do than listen to people with community college degrees talk about hemp.

He's just saying: That's sacrifice.

That's also why there's just that one item on the Board of Supervisors' agenda this week. But Bevan Dufty would like you to know that if there were ANYTHING else important happening in San Francisco this week, they'd be addressing it.

But there's not. If anything, you people let him down.

Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m. - Government Audit & Oversight Committee

Actually, to be fair, Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar, and Sophie Maxwell were always planning to show up to one meeting near the end of the week. Because they agreed to hold one meeting over the holiday week, they should come up for slightly less mocking.

There are seven items on the agenda.

First off is a measure by David Chiu announcing the Supervisor's intention to renew the Union Square Business Improvement District -- only in his plan it will now be called the "Greater Union Square Business Improvement District." Kind of like "Greater Serbia."

Eric Mar has a proposal authorizing a multi-year permit to use portions of Golden Gate Park for a three-day music festival (you know the one). Under the Mar plan, the organizers would get three years with an optional extension of another two.

Gavin Newsom's mandatory recycling and composting bill comes up next, and it had better pass because he's already paid for the TV commercial explaining what a success it is.

The final four items are the tenant protection items that five of the progressive Supes proposed last week.

And that's that. I'll see you next week ... unless the Supes decide that they're entitled to a second week of vacation during a time of war.

Could happen.

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