Security costs for mayor come under fire

Mayor Gavin Newsom was doing a lot of traveling with security when he was making a run for governor, which he has since quit. But the effort to hold Newsom, and future mayors, accountable for security detail costs when on the campaign trail remains very much alive.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi had introduced legislation in August that would “require City elective officers to reimburse the City for the cost of dignitary security provided by the City during travel for campaign-related activities or meetings.”

The legislation would also require reporting of security detail use.

The Police Department has routinely refused to reveal the costs to protect Newsom saying it would jeopardize the security.  Mayors in other cities, however, do not keep the costs hidden.

On Thursday, the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee holds a hearing on the legislation. It would require approval by the full board to become law.

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