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Tuesday was the deadline to propose charter amendments for the November ballot, and the Board of Supes were proposing like crazy!

Chris already told you about the charter amendment intended to reform the SFMTA that would give the Supes more say over its governance; increase MTA funding through property taxes; appoint an inspector general to investigate fraud and waste of the agency’s resources; and change transit operator contracts.

He also told you about the two charter amendments Supervisor Chris Daly submitted: one would establish an affordable housing fund for the city, and the other would require the mayor appear personally before the Board of Supervisors once a month to discuss policy.

A number of other charter amendments were also put on the table:

— Supervisor Mirkarimi had a proposal to split appointments to the Recreation and Park Commission between the mayor and the Board of Supervisors and to allow the agency’s permit and license decisions to be subject to appeal.

— Supervisor Chiu had one to to allow undocumented immigrants with children in public school to vote in school district elections

— Supervisor Campos proposed we increase the city’s Rent Board from five to seven members and to allow a split appointment between the mayor and the Board of Supervisors.

— Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier submitted two charter amendments: one to expand funding to the school district and the other to establish a commission to ensure the city complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

— Supervisor Sean Elsbernd proposed a charter amendment to save election funds through a one-time change of the terms of two Health Service Board members that would consolidate future elections.

All of the amendments can be added to the Nov. 2 ballot by a vote of at least six supervisors and cannot be vetoed by the mayor.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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