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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Committee Assignments are Here! Which Supes Got Screwed?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM

click to enlarge But that's a loser committee!
  • But that's a loser committee!
The day the board president hands out committee assignments to the city supervisors always feels just a bit like junior high school. Who's the new boy? Who got all his electives? Who's stuck taking woodshop in seventh period? Who'll sit at the cool kids' table? Who'll get noticed?

We've eyeballed the assignments laid down by headmaster ... uh, supervisor David Chiu. All but one of our half-dozen or more calls haven't been returned, so we can't say for certain what the thought process was behind these moves.

In any event, here are the new committee assignments, followed by some snap judgments:

Budget & Finance

John Avalos, Chair

Ross Mirkarimi, Vice Chair

Sean Elsbernd, Member

Sophie Maxwell, Temporary Member

David Campos, Temporary Member

City Operations & Neighborhood Services

Carmen Chu, Chair

John Avalos, Vice Chair

Sean Elsbernd, Member

City & School District

Bevan Dufty, Chair

Michela Alioto-Pier, Vice Chair

Chris Daly, Member

Government Audits & Oversight

Ross Mirkarimi, Chair

Eric Mar, Vice Chair

Sophie Maxwell, Member

Land Use & Economic Development

Sophie Maxwell, Chair

Eric Mar, Vice Chair

David Chiu, Member

Public Safety

David Chiu, Chair

Ross Mirkarimi, Vice Chair

Bevan Dufty, Member

Rules Committee

David Campos, Chair

Michela Alioto-Pier, Vice Chair

Eric Mar, Member

  • Wow, that's a lot of committees for Eric Mar to do nothing on 
  • Bevan "I'm Running For Mayor!" Dufty hasn't really gotten a lot of high-profile assignments. Will he benefit by playing it safe, or will this hurt him? He made his big stand on Muni efficiency when he was chair of City Operations -- a committee he's no longer even on. Dufty hasn't yet called us back, so we don't know how he's feeling about this.

  • At first glance one might think Daly was being sent some sort of

    message: He was dropped off the powerful Rules Committee and City

    Operations and placed on Schools -- a committee no one really wants. Daly,

    however, says his requests were met: He's wanted to get off City

    Operations for some time, and told Chiu he didn't want to serve on

    three-person committees with David Campos anymore. Say what? Well, Daly

    says that since the Brown Act essentially prohibits a quorum from a committee from

    meeting outside that committee, "In a year, I haven't had a real

    meaningful dialog with David Campos outside of rules committee." Also,

    Daly hopes these new assignments help him cultivate the next "majority

    whip" on the board -- Campos and/or John Avalos. "I love Eric Mar, but he may not have the temperment" for such a post, says Daly. So, that's his story, then.   

  • New Father Sean Elsbernd begged off the budget committee last year. Well, his ornery ass is back! Since Elsbernd has repeatedly told anyone who'll ask that he doesn't see a longterm future in elected office, it'll be interesting to see him put forth his heartfelt ideas.
  • That being said, this is a very left-leaning budget committee, so Elsbernd may not be able to make much headway. Incidentally, being on budget committee when the city is massively in debt isn't much fun. Handing out cash makes you everybody's buddy, but taking money away from people will make you enemies for life. Elsbernd isn't out to make friends and Maxwell is termed out -- but Mirkarimi and Avalos may be in for a hell of a ride.   

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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