As Sean Elsbernd is on way out, Chris Jackson trips on way in

S.F. Examiner File PhotoIt’s in the mail

Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting was the last for Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who is sadly termed out. The party for him that night at the Irish Cultural Center was packed with elected leaders and City Hall staffers wishing him well and thanking him for 12 years of service as the voice of reason at the board.

Here are some juicy tidbits of gossip I picked up while mingling at the shindig.

Chris Jackson, whose recent re-election to the board of trustees of City College of San Francisco is in question because he bizarrely refused to make required campaign finance disclosures, is in even more trouble. The local practice is that candidates endorsed by a group pay for the cost to print slate cards announcing the endorsements.

Apparently, Jackson’s $5,000 check to the Democratic County Central Committee to print slate cards has bounced, according to one member of the body. Remember that CCSF is in danger of losing its accreditation due to mismanagement. Jackson has been on the CCSF budget committee since January 2011. Just take a minute with that.

The general consensus is that Supervisor David Chiu will remain president of the Board of Supervisors. With four moderates — Mark Farrell, Carmen Chu (or her replacement), Scott Wiener and London Breed — all Chiu needs is Norman Yee or Malia Cohen to get the six votes be re-elected.

Cohen is rumored to be eyeing the position but is generally regarded as too new to City Hall. Supervisor Jane Kim has long wanted to be board president but is consistently unprepared for meetings and didn’t help her standing among moderates with her vote to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Supervisor Scott Wiener is another name in the mix, but his politics are to the right of Chiu, which makes it unlikely that he can shore up the votes without Chiu’s support. Anything can happen in our fair city, but right now, Chiu is the only one who can, as the wonks say, “count to six.”

Elsbernd frequently worked long hours at City Hall, but will hopefully have more free time in his new position as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s deputy state director because as we learned Tuesday night, his wife is pregnant with their second child, a baby girl.

Melissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at  6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at mgriffin@sfexaminer.com.

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