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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

S.F. in No Hurry to Correct SNAFU, Add Police Commissioners

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 6:30 AM

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Last month we reported that a jaw-dropping procedural screw-up would result in the city needlessly having four police commissioners this month instead of seven.

Well, that happened. Three commissioners' terms expired on April 30. And, since the Board of Supervisors and mayor didn't get around to appointing new members or reappointing old ones, now the Police Commission is down a skeleton crew.

"We will need all four commissioners to be present to have a quorum,"

David Onek, one of the remaining quartet of police commissioners told SF Weekly earlier. "That means, if one commissioner can't make it, we can't

even meet. And in order for anything to pass, we'll need for all four

commissioners to agree."

In other words, the Police Commission -- never a model for efficiency -- has now been rendered even more inefficient. The first step the mayor and supes need to take to get the commission back up to full strength is submit three nominees to the supes' Rules Committee. And yet, astoundingly, this has still not been done.

The agenda has been posted for the committee's May 6 meeting. Getting the city's ass in gear and confirming Police Commissioners is not on it.

The next Rules Committee meeting will take place on May 20. You'd think this would be taken care of by then. It might be. And it might not. Sounds like a wonderful subject for a betting pool.

In a city where the government was held accountable for bureaucratic sloth, this wouldn't have happened at all.

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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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