A crowd sits during a Board of Supervisors meeting at San Francisco City Hall on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Sarahbeth Maney/S.F. Examiner)

Process drafted for supervisors to vote on interim SF mayor

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on naming an interim San Francisco mayor at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The board would need to vote to open up the discussion, which takes six votes, and agree on a process to consider nominees.

The board’s clerk Angela Calvillo has drafted a process modeled after the same one used in 2011 that resulted in the vote on naming the late Ed Lee as interim mayor.

After the board votes to open up a nomination process, the board member who hits the button to talk first would get to make the first nomination, and other nominations would be taken in order of the buttons pressed, if there are any.

The board would close the nomination period and then vote in order of who was nominated. The first nominee to six votes would become the interim mayor. That means that not all those nominated may get voted on. If no nominee gets the votes, then the board could vote to reopen the nomination process.

Before the nomination process, the public will have an opportunity to weigh in.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin said Monday he didn’t know if he planned to nominate someone.

“I reserve my right until 3 o’clock to keep my mind open,” Peskin said.

As of Monday, it appeared no one had six votes to be named interim mayor.

Board of Supervisors President London Breed became acting mayor on Dec. 12 after Lee died of a heart attack, as is prescribed under The City’s charter. Breed has filed to run for mayor in the June 5 election and other candidates she is up against have called on the board to knock her out of the post so she wouldn’t have the advantage of incumbency.

Others have also argued Breed shouldn’t serve in the dual roles since it compromises the division between the legislative and executive branches. Breed maintains that she sees no conflict in holding both roles and could do so effectively until the election.

Board members can’t vote for themselves to act as interim mayor — a rule based on the fact that the mayor’s salary is higher than the board member’s salary. With Breed out, the board is deadlocked in a 5-5 split between the moderate faction and the progressive faction.

Supervisor Norman Yee, who is a progressive supervisor, said Monday that the board “must have a goal to ensure separation of power.” When asked if Yee would vote for Breed to make that happen, if that was the only path to achieve that separation, Yee said he “would need to give some thought to it.”

If Breed becomes interim mayor she would give up her seat as the District 5 supervisor and appoint her successor.

Whoever may be named interim mayor could be escorted by two members of the board to the middle of the Board of Supervisors and “the new mayor may express appreciation to the Board Members for entrusting him/her the responsibility of mayor until such time as the special election,” the draft process states.

The draft process also said that “the oath of office may be administered on the date of appointment or at later date.”
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