Limiting SF mayor’s appointments empower voters

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

As the only former mayor to support Proposition D, which would limit mayoral power to make appointments, I believe it empowers the voters and corrects a serious imbalance in our city elections emanating from the extraordinary increase of mayoral appointments to political vacancies created by term limits. This recent growth in mayoral appointments denies the citizen the right to choose their representatives by giving a huge political advantage to the appointed incumbent… (more)

n San Francisco, our strong mayor structure allows the mayor to make the appointments when a vacancy occurs in any city public office. Obviously, mayors like that power. Historically, those vacancies have been very few and far between, usually occurring from a death in office or an occasional election to a higher office.

However, with the advent of term limits limiting incumbents to two terms on the Board of Supervisors, we have seen a major uptick in incumbents seeking higher office at the
first opportunity, thereby creating vacancies in the offices they currently hold.

That is happening right now with supervisors Scott Weiner and Jane Kim facing off for election to the California State Senate. A victory by either one will create a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors that Mayor Ed Lee will fill with his choice right away. Yet, Weiner and Kim have approximately two years left in their respective terms as supervisors, which means the voters will not get to vote a replacement until 2018… (more)

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