Will Newsom's recent appointments stick?

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee is holding a specially scheduled hearing Monday to vote on nine appointments Mayor Gavin Newsom has made on his way out. Newsom is going to be sworn in as the state’s Lieutenant Governor.

Supervisor David Campos, who chairs the committee, has made it difficult for Newsom appointees in the past. It’s unclear how he will deal with these, particularly with Newsom departing for Sacramento.

Campos would not comment specifically on the appointments, he said he would defer judgment until the hearing, but he did say he found it “rather ironic” that Newsom is fine with the current board to vote on the appointments but not the interim mayor, and said the two positions are not consistent.

Newsom is postponing his swearing-in as lieutenant governor, which was to be on Monday, to ensure the new Board of Supervisors — not the current board — decides who should serve as his successor. Four newly elected supervisors are slated to be sworn into office Jan. 8. Newsom said he wants an interim mayor who will not run for election in 2011.

The appointments include Leslie Katz for the Port Commission. Katz is a former supervisor who had been named to the board by former Mayor Willie Brown. Also appointed to the Port Commission was Michael Kim, the founder of an investment firm.

Newsom also named Leona Bridges to serve on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’s board of directors. For the Public Utilities Commission, Newsom is asking the supervisors to approve the appointment of Vine Courtney, who has worked for San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council.

The Rules Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m., at City Hall, in Room 263.

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