Voters won’t decide on S.F. board’s conduct

A proposed code of conduct intended to rein in the behavior of members of the Board of Supervisors will not be voted on by board members until at least the fall.

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who proposed the code of conduct after Supervisor Chris Daly made controversial remarks involving Mayor Gavin Newsom, had threatened to ask the mayor to put the code on the November ballot if her colleagues would not support it.

Alioto-Pier, however, said on Thursday that she is giving her colleagues an opportunity to comment on her proposal and would not put it on the ballot — at least not for the upcoming election.

“I’m going to ask the mayor not to do it. I think the board needs to handle this,” she said, after a Board of Supervisors Rules Committee hearing on the proposal.

Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard said Newsom would have placed the code of conduct on the ballot if Alioto-Pier asked him to, but “it is unlikely he would act unilaterally.”

Alioto-Pier struck a chord of congeniality with her colleagues during the committee hearing.

“This is not something that I think we need to be pushing down the throats of members of the board,” she said.

Her proposed code of conduct would amend the rules that govern the board and create a procedure for penalizing violators for such things as making allegations that are “improper.”

“Will we have Stepford supervisors or will we be able to be colorful? Stay tuned,” joked committee chairman Supervisor Tom Ammiano.

jsabatini@examiner.com

Just Posted

London Breed, mayor of San Francisco, on May 26, 2021. Black women achieved a historic milestone as mayors of eight major American cities this year and political analysts say the record number points to “the age of Black women in politics.” (Bethany Mollenkof/The New York Times)
Eight Black women who run some of the biggest U.S. cities

By Jennifer Harlan and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio New York Times… Continue reading

Salesforce Tower and several other buildings in downtown San Francisco can be seen through the fog; climate scientists report that The City’s beloved mascot may be on the decline. (Courtesy Engel Ching)
Is San Francisco losing its fog? Scientists fear the worst

This isn’t just an identity crisis for San Franciscans. It’s an ecological problem

The Bay Area is vying to be one of 16 communities,<ins> spread across the U.S., Canada and Mexico,</ins> to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer championships. Games would be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Courtesy Bay Area Host Committee, World Cup 2026)
Bay Area launches bid to host World Cup games in 2026

FIFA officials pay San Francisco a visit as they tour prospective venues

Molly Welton’s 10-foot-long camper, sporting a custom wood window and bar, is stationed by a rusty gas station on Lincoln Avenue near the windblown, sandy expanse of Ocean Beach. (Courtesy Paolo Bicchieri)
The spirit of San Francisco is alive and well in Molly Welton’s mobile cafe

California Kahve near Ocean Beach serves coffee and treats with morals and taste

Most Read