The resolution, authored by Supervisor Chris Daly, is a policy statement, and does not legally force The City representative to do or say anything. It was approved 8-3, with Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu and Michela Alioto-Pier voting against it.
The resolution’s approval was greeted with applause and shouts of “Free Tibet” from the crowds of people packed into the City Hall chambers.
Alioto-Pier told The Examiner that the torch is the “symbol of the Olympics,” not a symbol of China.
“The issues of China need to be dealt with in a different level and in a different way,” she said.
Daly said that “as the eyes of the world are on San Francisco,” it should be “remembered as a city that cares about freedom.”
Mayor Gavin Newsom, who has been critical of the resolution, has 10 days to return it signed or unsigned; if he waits that long, the torch, due April 9, will have come and gone.