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

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