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

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Parents and students line up socially distanced before the first day of in-person learning at Bret Harte Elementary School on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
‘It’s a beautiful sight’: The first students return to the classroom

San Francisco’s youngest public school students stepped into classrooms for in-person learning… Continue reading

File
Latest Breed nominee for Police Commission moves forward

Immigration attorney Jim Byrne clears Board of Supervisors committee

San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) starts against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 11, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photography by Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Giants finish sweep of Rockies behind DeSclafani’s scoreless outing

Even with fans back at Oracle Park, San Francisco Giants pitchers have… Continue reading

Kindergarten teacher Chris Johnson in his classroom at Bryant Elementary School ahead of the school’s reopening on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD students are going back to the classroom

After more than a year of distance learning, city schools begin reopening on Monday

Keith Zwölfer, director of education for SFFILM, stays busy connecting filmmakers and studios with public, private and home schools<ins>. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) </ins>
Streamlined SF film festival focuses on family features

SFFILM Director of Education Keith Zwölfer finds movies that appeal to kids

Most Read