Fractured politics at City Hall have prompted an unusual move by the progressive bloc — the Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Friday.
The board meeting was called Wednesday morning by the six progressive supervisors after criticizing the board’s Rules Committee for blocking their measures from heading to the November ballot.
The measures would create a public advocate position, as well as a commission to oversee the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development.
Last week, Supervisor David Campos exchanged sharp words with the Rules Committee members, Supervisors Katy Tang, the chair, and Malia Cohen — for amending his proposed public advocate ballot measure and refusing to advance his version.
“It’s unfortunate things have deteriorated to this point,” Campos said about the need for the special board meeting.
Similarly, Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s commission charter amendment has faced criticism from Tang.
At 11:39 a.m. Wednesday, Peskin submitted a memo to the Board of Supervisors clerk with the support of five other progressive supervisors – Campos, Jane Kim, John Avalos, Norman Yee and Eric Mar – to hold three special board meetings, beginning with Friday’s meeting at 5:15 p.m. The unusual move is allowed under The City’s charter as long as there is a 24-hour notice of the meeting.
That meeting would effectively bypass the board’s Rules Committee, which, oddly enough, is scheduled to hold hearings on those two ballot measures Thursday.
Also, before the full board Friday is Peskin’s resolution that calls for a pledge among board colleagues to not advance ballot measures related to homeless issues. That effort takes aim at Supervisor Mark Farrell’s ballot measure around tent encampments, and sparked a spirited debate over addressing homelessness during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Critics of Farrell’s measure in part argue placing such a policy before voters unduly injects politics into the issue, which should instead be handled by the board.
“We have to do these special board meetings because the moderate majority on the Rules Committee has blocked the legislation from getting to the full board to keep the progressive majority from approving it,” Avalos wrote in a text message to the San Francisco Examiner. “Many of our committees are stacked with moderates yet the full Board of Supervisors is progressive.”
Subsequent special full board meetings were scheduled for July 19 at 2:05 p.m. and July 29 at 10 a.m. They come as the deadline to place ballot measures on the November ballot looms.
The last day for the board to submit charter amendments to the November ballot is July 29. The board is allowed to submit one “late” charter by Aug. 2.Aaron PeskinBoard of SupervisorsEd LeehomelessJohn AvalosKaty TangMark FarrellPoliticsSan FranciscoScott Wiener