By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
Peskin says it’s “bizarre and unacceptable” that the Mayor’s Office couldn’t get a key person to a committee hearing.
Two hearings called by Sup. Aaron Peskin were sidetracked last week when two officials from the Breed Administration didn’t show up.
Peskin wanted to know how the city approved a $117 million contract with the Tenderloin Housing Clinic without board approval – a violation of the City Charter. But Trent Rhorer, head of the Human Services Agency, who oversaw that contract at the time it was signed, was in Sacramento and couldn’t make the hearing…
Peskin said he would reschedule when Rhorer was in town.
Another hearing, on how the city directs its Sacramento lobbyist, continued despite the fact that Breed’s appointee who chairs the State Legislation Committee just didn’t show.
“This is bizarre and unacceptable,” Peskin told me.
The SLC is an almost unknown city agency – but it has a tremendous amount of influence. The agency oversees the city’s $276,000-a-year lobbyist who tracks state legislation and promotes the city’s position on bills.
In some cases, the mayor – who has the default authority to direct the lobbyist – takes a position on issues that differs from what the board majority may want.
That’s going to be a big deal this spring, since Mayor London Breed has been a strong supporter of efforts by state Sen. Scott Wienerto mandate more dense, market-rate housing in California cities. I suspect at least six members of the current board don’t support SB 50… (more)
I planned to listen to hearing live from work, but, It was not broadcast live. When I tried to watch the tape online later, I had to request the broken link to fixed. They fixed that link and I suggest you watch or listen if you have time. Since no one showed up, Peskin used his time to interview the lobbyist. We suspect another hearing will be rescheduled soon so you might want to send some questions to the committee for the next round of conversations with the lobbyist. At least you will recognize him if you run into him in Sacramento. This was a special hearing before the Government Audit and Oversight Committee. We might want to ask for a notice on the next hearing on this.
Hearing on the signing of theTenderloin Housing Clinic contract without board approval.
Item 3 Hearing with City Lobbyist on how he and other cities are handling SB 50 and other bills.