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RandySF

(61,482 posts)
Tue Dec 16, 2014, 02:11 AM Dec 2014

We SF residents in District 3 STILL have no representation.

As mayor of San Francisco, it is Ed Lee's duty to fill the vacancies of supervisor seats. He has yet to do so in this case. And it's not exactly clear why.

Some have said he is waiting because he has yet to figure out who to appoint -- although the rumored top choice is Planning Commission Chairwoman Cindy Wu -- or that he is timing it so his appointee could potentially serve 10 years instead of a mere six.

For the latter to happen, the mayor would need to wait until the afternoon of Jan. 8 to appoint someone so that person can not only serve 10 years but also vote on the board president later that day, according to the City Attorney's Office. A supervisor can only serve two consecutive four-year terms. Under the City Charter, if someone is appointed to serve out a vacated term, it will be counted as a full four-year term only if it the time left is longer than two years.

The president's post is currently being filled on an interim basis by Supervisor Katy Tang, who represents the Sunset.

The board on Nov. 18 elected Tang amid protest that it should wait until Supervisor David Campos was present (he was on vacation) or until Chiu was off the board. The prevailing argument in favor of making a decision early was to ensure there was a seamless transition in leadership.

That rationale seemingly is not shared by the mayor when it comes to appointing vacancies on the board. The board will hold two meetings this month, including Tuesday, without a supervisor representing District 3. The Mayor's Office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/district-3-has-no-representation-on-sf-board-of-supervisors/Content?oid=2913664

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