Among the many issues that rankled progressives under Mayor Gavin Newsom's administration was Newsom's unwillingness to turn over his work calendar to members of the public who formally requested it. Beginning in 2006, a group of sunshine activists routinely submitted public-information requests for the mayor's daily schedule in hopes of finding out who Newsom was meeting with, what events he attended, and just how he spent his time on the job as mayor of San Francisco. After years of battle, Newsom finally agreed to release a watered-down calendar containing very little information.
On this matter, it does not seem as if Interim Mayor Ed Lee will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.
In an interview with Guardian reporters today, Mayor Lee indicated that he would be willing to make his calendar available to the public. "Sure," he said when we asked him about it. "I have no problem with that."
Lee noted that he has complied with similar requests in the past. "I've had those already reviewed as the City Administrator, so I'm used to it," Lee said.
He added that while he was willing to share his work-related calendar, "I may not want to share where I privately go every night."
That's OK. Thanks to former Mayor Willie Brown, we already know Lee went out to dinner in North Beach the other night with Brown, Rose Pak, and several others.