Vote on Newsom’s alcohol fee veto postponed

Supervisor John Avalos is keeping the fight alive on his legislation that would impose an alcohol fee on wholesalers.

On Tuesday, Avalos requested that the Board of Supervisors postpone voting on whether to override Mayor Gavin Newsom’s veto of the legislation, which the board passed last week in a 6-3 vote.

Avalos may be waiting for Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi to return to San Francisco, when he could be assured of having seven votes to override the veto, but which still wouldn’t be enough. It takes eight votes to override the veto. But the political message is stronger.

One reason Avalos did give during the meeting for postponement was that he wanted the City Attorney to weigh in on why it was legal for Newsom to veto and not recuse himself like Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier. Alioto-Pier is an owner of an alcohol wholesaler’s permit.

Avalos said he had “questions about the ability of the mayor to veto the actual legislation itself.”

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