Mayoral dynamics - Page 3

Supervisors survey the tricky path to Room 200

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SFPUC head Ed Harrington, Sheriff Michael Hennessey, Sup. David Chiu, former Mayor Art Agnos, Sup. David Campos, Aaron Peskin

Mirkarimi is openly backing Agnos. "He has evolved, as I've known him, in the days since being mayor," Mirkarimi said. "I think we've spent too much time on finding the progressive guy to be mayor than on setting up what a progressive caretaker administration would look like." And then there are the wild cards, like state Sen. Mark Leno and City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Herrera's a declared candidate and Leno has made it clear that he'd take the job if it were offered to him.

Given the fact that supervisors can't vote for themselves, it's difficult for any of them to win. "I don't think it's likely that a member of the Board of Supervisors will get enough votes to be mayor," Avalos told us, although he said that Chiu is the one possible exception.

But to get to six votes, Chiu would have to have most of the progressive supervisors supporting him and some moderates, such as D10 Supervisor-elect Malia Cohen (whom Chiu endorsed), D8's Scott Wiener, and/or Chu (who might be persuaded to help elect the city's first Chinese American mayor).

That would be a delicate dance, although it's as likely as any of the other foreseeable scenarios.

Comments

I almost fell off my chair when I read Newsom's quote to KCBS -"The board should pick a caretaker and not a politician — that's my criteria." ha-ha-ha-ha

Someone should tell the new Lt. Governor that we are all laughing.

Posted by GrannyGear on Dec. 22, 2010 @ 11:51 am

Everybody but the voters.

Anybody see a problem here?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Dec. 22, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

Arthur Evans, the voters passed the Charter and the Charter has provisions for succession. If you don't like the Charter provisions, then you can blame Barbara Kaufman and Willie Brown because it was their charter reform that passed in the 1990s over progressive grumblings and hand wringing.

-marc

Posted by marcos on Dec. 22, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

It would help if those who have the power to appoint the Interim Mayor would at some point harken to what the voters want or at least think of the common good.

None is doing that. All are scheming for this faction or that, for this career or that.

There is not one player at City Hall who will speak up and act for the common good of the city, rallying both citizens and officials to that vision.

This lack is not a commentary on the charter but on the city's sodden governing class.

There is nothing progressive about making excuses for such a failure.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Dec. 22, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

Wow, so it took ten years, but Arthur Evans and Chris Daly agree that the Board of Supervisors should have appointed a mayor earlier rather than later.

-marc

Posted by marcos on Dec. 22, 2010 @ 10:43 pm