Sean Elsbernd, who have argued that, with the nearly cataclysmic budget crisis and all the other issues facing the board, it would be risky to put a newcomer in the presidency.
But in the end, the board president ought to be someone we can count on to appoint progressives to key committees and fight the mayor's regressive policies. And with all due respect to Maxwell and Dufty, we don't see either of them in that role. So if the balloting drags on and it's clear Mirkarimi can't get six votes, he ought to be a statesman, put the progressive agenda first, and vote for another progressive.
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