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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Supervisors Punt on Replacing Mayor Again

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 4:55 PM

click to enlarge Ace Washington sings in a falsetto voice during today's non-mayoral selection process
  • Ace Washington sings in a falsetto voice during today's non-mayoral selection process

In what has become a disturbing weekly ritual, the Board of Supervisors once again procrastinated on its duty of choosing San Francisco's next mayor.

Following a lengthy procession of speakers representing both the sane and crazy communities, the supes hastily voted to continue the mayoral selection process to Jan. 4 -- the current board's last meeting before four new supervisors are sworn in.

The supes subjected those who deigned to weigh in on the process to nearly three hours of public business before curtly kicking the mayoral can down the road.

A miffed Supervisor Chris Daly was the only member of the board to complain about the delay. He accused his colleagues of doing "an incredible disservice to the people of the city and county of San Francisco ... it's us saying to the people of San Francisco, 'you can come, you can try to participate, but we're not even going to try.'"

Daly questioned what manner of magic would make a Jan. 4 decision anything other than a debacle and said his colleagues, at bare minimum, should at least disclose whether they even wish to attempt to name a successor. Finally, he accused the board of "punting on second down."

His rhetorical flourish won him few votes. After voting with Daly last week, ally and former Daly aide John Avalos voted to delay the process. Only Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, and David Campos voted against continuing the "clusterfuck" to Jan. 4.

Should the current board fail to name a successor to Mayor Gavin Newsom on that date  -- and should Newsom be sworn in as lieutenant governor on Jan. 3, as he says he's "99 percent" likely to do -- then Board President David Chiu will serve as acting mayor.

He would continue to do so until the next board, which will be sworn-in on Jan. 8, either puts six votes together for an interim mayor or votes Chiu out as board president.

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Joe Eskenazi

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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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