San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will return to the Board of Supervisors’ chambers on Tuesday for his second voter-mandated monthly mayoral appearance.
The appearances are required after nearly 60 percent of city voters passed Proposition C in November in response to often contentious relations between the former board and then-Mayor Gavin Newsom.
But Newsom was elected the state’s lieutenant governor in the same election, and Lee was chosen as interim mayor.
According to the rules set up by the board, Lee made his first appearance last month and answered questions submitted the previous week by supervisors in odd-numbered districts.
Some supervisors had argued for more spontaneity to be allowed in the proceedings; Lee’s appearance was anything but.
He read scripted answers to questions on topics such as the city’s budget and pension reform, and joked to reporters afterward that he would try to be more compelling the next time.
The supervisors were working out some kinks on their end as well in the first go-around.
Supervisor David Campos, one of the supervisors able to ask the mayor a question, missed the deadline to submit his query.
The supervisors from the even-numbered districts will get their turn Tuesday–all five put forth their questions on time–and their topics could make for a more lively discussion.
District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell asked about the status of discussions with the San Francisco 49ers to keep the team in the city, as well as potentially draw the Golden State Warriors over from Oakland.
District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu asked what the city can do to help smaller businesses in San Francisco following many recent proposals to help bigger companies like Twitter.
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim asked why the city is not following an ordinance passed by the board in 2009 to prohibit local law enforcement agencies from reporting undocumented immigrant youths to federal authorities unless they are convicted of a felony.
District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener asked what the city can do to increase the production of middle-income housing, which he said will be vital to ensuring the implementation of the recently passed local hiring ordinance.
District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen asked what the city is doing to clean up and reuse the site left vacant by the Potrero Power Plant, which ceased operations earlier this year.
Lee will have five minutes to answer each of the supervisors’ questions.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News