Fight over mayor security-detail costs resumes Monday

On Monday, the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meets to debate legislation introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi that would require the mayor to reimburse the city for the costs of security detail used when engaged in campaign activity.

The legislation was watered down after Police Chief George Gascon and others raised concerns about it, including that it could jeopardize the safety of the mayor. The proposed legislation made it to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote, but was referred back to committee for further debate after it was amended.

The original piece of legislation would have required to mayor to reimburse the city for the cost of security detail used when engaged in campaigning activity outside of San Francisco. That was changed to require reimbursement only when outside of California.

Changes also narrowed the definition of “campaign-related activity” to mean “any activity or meeting with the purpose of advocating or raising funds for the city elective officer’s election to any state or federal elective office.”

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