newsom security.JPGFile under the We “Shall Overcome (someday) department: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced legislation Tuesday which would require all city officials to publicly disclose security costs connected with out-of-city campaign-related travel, and reimburse the city for those costs.

This comes some weeks after Mirkarimi tried several times to get Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office to reveal how much the city is dishing out to pay for the cops who accompany Newsom everywhere: to Rhode Island, to Orange County, to long, lonely drives to weddings in exclusively disgustingly rich rural Montana.

While Newsom freely admits that police do accompany him wherever he goes — “Wherever I go, I am the mayor,” he has told reporters — Newsom has refused to reveal how much the city pays for privilege of keeping its chief executive safe and sound. During budget talks, Mirkarimi noted that both the Secret Service and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger make their bodyguard-detail costs public. So why not the Mayor?

Mirkarimi’s legislation would also require city officials to submit a full travel schedule to the SFPD and reimburse the SFPD within 30 days of said travel. We’re fairly positive Gavin is good for it, but you never know. We checked in with his press secretary and will post back if we receive a response.

UPDATE: And here it is: from the golden BlackBerry of Mayoral press secretary Nathan Ballard: “Mirkarimi’s legislation is a bad idea. Police officers should make decisions about the security of our elected officials, not politicians.”

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  • Greg Dewar

    Gavin really seems to believe the taxpayers need to subsidize the cost of his campaign for governor. One that isn’t going well – he’s spent most of what little money he’s made, and despite all that PR staff, isn’t getting traction in the polls.

    At what point does he realize this is going to end in tears, and that it’d be best for him and everyone if he dropped out, and avoid the specter of all of those voters Not In Liberal SF hounding him about his record?

  • Greg Dewar

    Gavin really seems to believe the taxpayers need to subsidize the cost of his campaign for governor. One that isn’t going well – he’s spent most of what little money he’s made, and despite all that PR staff, isn’t getting traction in the polls.

    At what point does he realize this is going to end in tears, and that it’d be best for him and everyone if he dropped out, and avoid the specter of all of those voters Not In Liberal SF hounding him about his record?

  • somawally

    I think Supervisor Rusty Smirkarimi is just trying to score some Progressive power points. The “Dapper Darling of District 5” wants to be mayor, someday. Pure and simple.

    Is Fairfield looking for a mayor?

  • somawally

    I think Supervisor Rusty Smirkarimi is just trying to score some Progressive power points. The “Dapper Darling of District 5” wants to be mayor, someday. Pure and simple.

    Is Fairfield looking for a mayor?