Voters may be asked to eliminate mayoral appointees to the Board of Supervisors

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

An effort is underway to strip the mayor of the power to appoint members to the Board of Supervisors when seats become vacant.

That effort would also create a run-off mayoral election under certain conditions and require the president of the board to serve temporarily as acting mayor in the event of a chief executive vacancy.

Supervisor John Avalos has dusted off the proposed charter amendment to try once more, this time for the June ballot (it failed to get board support last year and in 2012). Avalos’ proposal’s chances may improve now that there is a progressive majority on the board.

“When it comes down to it the voters don’t support narrow interests closest to the mayor determining who gets to fill vacant seats,” Avalos said.

Most recently, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Julie Christensen in January to the District 3 seat when David Chiu, who was serving in the post, won an election to state Assembly. She lost in her election bid this past November to Aaron Peskin, who held the same seat between 2001 and 2009.

“The mayor spent so much of his time not even campaigning for his own election but campaigning for his appointee on the Board of Supervisors. It shows that something is really amiss,” Avalos said when he introduced the measure last week. He said voters in District 3 made it clear they prefer having a legislative branch “as independent as it can be and having checks and balances.”…

The deadline to place the measure on the June ballot is Feb. 23. The rules do allow for one charter amendment to be placed on the ballot later than the others on March 1… (more)

 

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