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Monday, November 30, 2009

SF Gov InAction: Government Kinda Goes Through the Motions This Week

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM



Just to be clear: Last week the Supervisors took several days off to celebrate Thanksgiving. But, being the kind of people who have an extraordinary amount to be thankful for, they are also taking three days off this week, too.

Normally I give the supes a hard time for things like this, what with there being a city to run. And gosh, the Palestinians won't save themselves. They need Ross Mirkarimi. They NEED him.

But not this time: I'm not ready to end my long weekend either. Tryptophan for all, that's what I say.

There are only two meetings this week -- Budget and Finance on Wednesday, at 11 a.m., and Rules Committee on Thursday at 10 a.m. -- and they only have eight items between them.

So let's cut to the chase. Here's what you want to know:

• John Avalos is being appointed to LAFCo. If you don't what LAFCo is, I want to live your life.

• Eric Mar is being appointed an alternate member of LAFCo. This kind of symbolizes his whole term in office thus far.

• The shelf-life of the Power Plant Task Force is being extended from December 31, 2009, to December 31, 2010.

Okay, actually, you probably didn't really want to know any of that. And I respect you for it.

But here's something you will want to chuckle about around the virtual water cooler: Ross Mirkarimi, David Campos, John Avalos, and Chris Daly have proposed a measure requiring city officials to reimburse the city for the cost of their security detail when they travel for campaign events or meetings.

I'd like to suggest a name for this municipal code change. I think we should call it "Gavin's Law."

What I like about this measure is that it's both eminently reasonable and beautifully bitchy at the same time -- like a grecian urn crafted by Perez Hilton. A thousand years from now an archeologist digging through the wreckage of the civilization history remembers as "smug-land" will uncover this law, and chuckle.

"Kick his ass, Ross Mirkarimi," he'll whisper across the vast bicycle graveyard. Then he'll wonder what got into him. The rumors are that this land is haunted by a ghost known only as "LAFCo."

That's all for know. Assuming the supervisors don't start celebrating Christmas early, I'll see you next week.

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