Solar-panel bond quarrel is latest Newsom-Peskin feud

Mayor Gavin Newsom publicly called for Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin to schedule required hearings for a solar-program bond measure that he has submitted for the June ballot.

The news release from the Mayor’s Office comes two weeks after Newsom submitted the ballot measure and is the latest public disagreement between the leaders.

Two weeks ago, Peskin held up approval of three of Newsom’s appointments to The City’s transportation board, asking for a presentation from the Mayor’s Office explaining his “vision” for San Francisco’s transit agency.

Newsom also came under fire after it was revealed that he had used Municipal Transportation Agency funds to finance several staff positions in his office, a practice that is not uncommon but has been criticized due to Muni’s financial struggles. On Tuesday, Peskin introduced a resolution calling for Newsom to return funds and jobs to the MTA.

In response, the Mayor’s Office charged that Peskin has a personal vendetta against one of Newsom’s top staffers. Newsom’s office, and city staff at the Port of San Francisco alleged abusive behavior from Peskin.

On Thursday, Newsom asked Peskin to schedule the General Obligation Solar Bond for a committee hearing to keep the bond on track for the June 3 ballot. The deadline to submit a ballot measure for June is Feb. 25, and the measure needs to go before the Budget and Finance Committee and the full Board of Supervisors.

The bond would allow The City’s Seismic Safety Loan Program to allocate $50 million toward a loan program to encourage property owners to install solar panels.

“I don’t think we have a disagreement on the desire to have a solar incentive program,” Peskin said. “I think we have a very legitimate policy disagreement on the source of funds. … It robs Peter to pay Paul.”

dsmith@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

An empty space where a Shared Spaces parklet once stood outside Aquitaine Wine Bistro on Church Street on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The parklet was recently destroyed in a car crash. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Cars and parklets don’t mix: SF searches for solutions in wake of accidents

Andrew Fidelman got the call in the middle of the night from… Continue reading

Supervisor Dean Preston speaks about rent relief at a meeting of Faith in Action, a nonprofit serving low-income residents. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
How to apply for post-pandemic rent relief in San Francisco and California

Reyna Aguilar has amassed $20,000 in rent debt since losing her restaurant… Continue reading

Transit-only lanes on Mission Street have reduced travel times by 20 percent during the pandemic, transit officials say. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Pandemic experiments morph into long-term solutions for SF transit agency

The streets of San Francisco became real-time laboratories for The City’s public… Continue reading

NO CONNECTION TO SERVER:
Unable to connect to GPS server ‘blackpress.newsengin.com’
Debate reignites over San Francisco’s first public bank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum was building for San Francisco to… Continue reading

Owners of Levi’s Plaza on The Embarcadero say gas boilers on the property will be replaced by electric and solar sources in the next few years. (Shutterstock)
Big plans for clean power at Levi’s Plaza

Transition to net zero carbon in step with S.F.’s environmental goals

Most Read