Newsom pushes ‘caretaker’ mayor

Mayor Gavin Newsom has been holding close to his vest whether he will delay assuming his statewide post — if he is legally allowed to — to ensure the decision of who should serve as interim mayor for a year falls to the new Board of Supervisors.

That would take the decision out of the hands of the current board and away from the direct influence of Supervisor Chris Daly, Newsom’s most outspoken critic and progressive stalwart.

The progressive bloc on the board has long battled with Newsom and his moderate allies. Progressives have what could be seen as a golden opportunity to put a progressive ally in the Mayor’s Office, who can then run for election in November 2011. But the progressives cannot coalesce behind one person.

Newsom is scheduled to be sworn in as lieutenant governor Jan. 3, providing the current board with a chance to vote on an interim mayor during their scheduled Jan. 4 meeting. It takes six votes to appoint an interim mayor.

Newsom, however, continues to explore the option of postponing the swearing-in until after the new board members are sworn in, which some say would make the board a more moderate legislative body.

On Friday, he told reporters: “I can’t just walk away and see everything blow up and there are a few politicians in this town that want to serve an ideological agenda. The board should pick a caretaker, not a politician. That’s my criteria.” 

A caretaker would serve out the term and not run for election.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGavin NewsomGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsSan FranciscoUnder the Dome

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

Most Read