Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column overlooked what many people find to be the most objectionable element of the Board of Supervisors’ proposed charter amendments. Although the supervisors can veto the mayor’s commission appointments, as Garcia mentioned, the mayor cannot veto the supervisors’ appointments.
In effect, this gives the Board of Supervisors majority complete control of commissions that have split appointments. A case in point is the reappointment of Police Commission President Joe Marshall. Reportedly, his reappointment was postponed because he did not have a suitable answer for a “progressive” litmus test — whether or not San Francisco should “opt out” of a federal requirement to forward arrestees’ fingerprints to immigration officials.
Because of the supervisors, the Police Commission will continue being unable to meet its large backlog of disciplinary cases. Giving the supervisors more veto power would lead to fewer necessary policy decisions coming from City Hall.
Howard Epstein, Chairman, Republican Party, San Francisco
San Francisco’s Proposition D would take away the authority of the independent arbitration board that must consider The City’s financial position in settling financial retirement disputes. Without independent arbitration, final resolutions are left to the Retirement Board and those beholden to The City’s 72,000 employees, retirees and dependents, plus the unions.
Why does Proposition D leave the resolution of The City’s underfunded retirement costs under the jurisdiction of retirement beneficiaries? Our City Hall officials proposed Prop. D and should answer this question.
Bill Nuerge, San Francisco
I am glad to see the Entertainment Commission has been given more of the tools it needs, instead of being demonized. Until now, it had no power to close down clubs that consistently ignore complaints about unsafe behavior by unruly patrons. Now it can continue to manage the many hundreds of permits for every manner of street fair and public or private music venue. Plus it also has the teeth necessary to act firmly when it is called for.
I produce hundreds of music events downtown during the summer. I could not do this without the help and support of the Entertainment Commission. I am grateful to have a board that is committed to keeping San Francisco’s vibrant music, festival and club scene alive, while at the same time attending to the safety of club patrons and serenity of San Francisco workers and residents. It’s not an easy task, and I thank them.
Lynn Valente, People in Plazas, San Francisco