Sex, drugs and attendance at City Hall: Supervisor Chris Daly has introduced legislation to crack down on all of these issues in a move that could be seen as taking a swipe at Mayor Gavin Newsom and the supervisor’s colleagues.
Daly said the three ordinances he introduced Tuesday were not “swipes” but rather a matter of “good public policy,” crafted in response to behavior he alleges has occurred.
“I think that when San Francisco leaders are making decisions, they should be making the decisions with clear minds and shouldn’t be affected by alcohol or illegal substances,” Daly said.
When asked whether Daly has seen instances in which members of the Board of Supervisors are in attendance at meetings while under the influence, he replied, “Yes,” but declined to identify anyone by name.
One of the three ordinances would prohibit members of boards, commissions and advisory bodies from participating in meetings when they are “compromised by alcohol or illegal drugs.” It would allow any member of such city bodies to file a complaint with the Ethics Commission if such behavior is observed, which would prompt an investigation by the commission.
“Whether or not it’s needed, I think the jury’s out,” said Supervisor Tom Ammiano, a 12-year veteran on the board. “I’ve seen all kinds of questionable behavior — not connected to drugs or alcohol in my opinion. I’ve never seen anybody falling down drunk or loaded.”
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said he himself “certainly never” has shown up to meetings under the influence, and “I’ve never known another supervisor to show up inebriated.”
Another ordinance introduced by Daly prohibits managers from having sexual relationships with employees, a violation of which could result in job loss.
The ordinance is seemingly a reference to Newsom’s acknowledgment earlier this year that he had a sexual affair with an appointment secretary, who was also married to one of his former top political aides.
“I’m trying to bring this city together and move this city forward, and talking about a better tomorrow. I have no comment about legislation like that,” Newsom said.
“Folks think this is about the mayor scandal, while it’s not,” Daly said, adding that in the wake of the scandal it became clear there was nothing on the books prohibiting such behavior, and that such legislation would “limit The City’s exposure to possible litigation.”
Daly did try to secure the support of three other board members to be able to put a policy statement urging the adoption of such an ordinance on the November ballot — when Newsom is up for re-election — but couldn’t gain the support.
A third ordinance would require meeting agendas to include attendance records, seemingly a reference to Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who is known to have a relatively poor attendance record.
Alioto-Pier has attacked Daly by introducing a code-of-conduct proposal in response to the controversial remarks involving Newsom he made during a Board of Supervisors June public hearing.
All three ordinances are expected to be heard in the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee in September.
Supervisor takes on vice
Chris Daly introduced legislation to keep officials behaving well at City Hall:
» Bars any members of boards, commissions or advisory bodies from participating in meetings if they have been drinking or doing drugs
» Prohibits city employees from having sexual relationships with other employees
» All meeting agendas to include attendance records
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