Sunshine Task Force is in dark due to vacancy

Committee members and city supervisors Jane Kim and David Campos voted 2-1 Thursday to send Bruce Wolfe's reappointment to the full board for a decision Sept. 18.

Committee members and city supervisors Jane Kim and David Campos voted 2-1 Thursday to send Bruce Wolfe's reappointment to the full board for a decision Sept. 18.

In the latest skirmish involving The City’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to ask the full board to reappoint a member whose absence has kept the task force from meeting.

Bruce Wolfe was a member of the task force that attracted criticism for having long meetings and spotty attendance records, and changing its own voting rules last year in possible violation of the City Charter.

In May, supervisors rejected Wolfe’s reappointment in a 6-5 vote, with the board’s more left-leaning members backing him. But once Wolfe was off the panel it was determined that the task force could not meet since one of its members must represent the disabled community, and Wolfe was the only such
member.

So Wolfe reapplied for membership, and Rules Committee members supervisors Jane Kim and David Campos voted 2-1 on Thursday to send his reappointment to the full board for a decision Sept. 18.

The 11-member task force is where the public can seek redress for city government’s failure to release documents or adhere to other sunshine laws. Veteran members dispute the accusations against the body.

Former member Richard Knee, who recently stepped down after serving for a decade, called the board’s rejection of incumbents such as Wolfe a “vendetta” for the task force’s ruling that the Board of Supervisors violated sunshine laws relating to the controversial Park Merced development.

Sunshine advocates, a handful of whom routinely attend public meetings and file public records complaints, waged a number of allegations, saying board members intentionally paralyzed the body and removed incumbents to dilute the body’s power.

But that is denied by the supervisors who support new blood on the task force.

Rules Comittee member Supervisor Mark Farrell, who voted no Thursday, said Wolfe still does not have the six board votes needed to be appointed. Farrell instead advised the committee to wait until former Muni Director Bruce Oka applies for the seat. Farrell said Oka will do so soon, and he will have the backing of at least six board members.

In the meantime, Wolfe will now attempt to win over enough supervisors while the sunshine task force remains, in the words of advocates, paralyzed.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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