S.F. Supe: Newsom can put code on ballot if board won't

A proposed code of conduct for The City’s legislative body — expected to meet with resistance from the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee today — could be put on the ballot by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

A motion authored by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier to amend the rules governing the board would prohibit supervisors from such offenses as using the public office for “private advantage, benefit or economic gain,” making allegations and conducting themselves in a way that’s considered “aggressive, offensive or abusive.”

The move comes after Supervisor Chris Daly came under attack by some board members for comments he made last month during heated budget hearings.

Alioto-Pier told The Examiner that if the Rules Committee didn’t vote in favor of the code of conduct, and she couldn’t get three of her Board colleagues to lend the support needed to put it on the ballot herself, that she would ask Newsom to put it before the voters.

She said that Newsom’s office had already informed her aides that the mayor would do so if asked.

Newsom’s spokesman, Nathan Ballard, said Newsom has not “ruled out the option” of a ballot measure.

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