SF Mayor-elect Breed names former Supervisor Sean Elsbernd chief of staff

by  : sfgate – excerpt

San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed announced Monday that she’s tapped former Supervisor Sean Elsbernd to be her chief of staff as she begins her transition to the mayor’s office.

Elsbernd now serves as U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s state director, but will move into Breed’s administration after the Nov. 6 election. Elsbernd previously represented District Seven on the board of supervisors. Elsbernd is also an attorney and a former senior staffer for then-Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The announcement marks the first major appointment of Breed’s incoming administration… (more)

A number of budget items are discussed in the article.

Ballot Measure Battle Royale, Episode 1: Charter Amendments

by Diego Aguilar-Canabal : thebaycitybeacon – excerpt

What is a charter amendment, and which could end up on your next ballot?

Charter Amendments are explicit changes to the city charter, which must be approved by a citywide vote. These are the hardest-sought ballot measures that can have the most meaningful impact on how city government operates. Some of these are spats between factions or rivalries, while others represent more significant power struggles between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Others may be more mundane or popular issues that, for whatever reason, can only be addressed through the city charter.

Whether the Board of Supervisors votes to put it on the ballot, or activists gather thousands of signatures to qualify, here’s an exhaustive list of all the proposed charter amendments under consideration: … (more)

A lot of readers are asking these questions. If you do not understand how the local government operates you will be confused by what is going on at City Hall. This article describes this year’s list of ballot initiatives up for consideration.