edlee_swornin.jpgIn the middle of a busy day of meetings with national and foreign dignitaries, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee paid a visit to the Board of Supervisors for his voter-mandated monthly appearance in board chambers Tuesday.

The mayor answered questions submitted by supervisors on a variety of topics, including affordable housing, foreclosures, graffiti and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Lee gave scripted answers to the questions and did not announce any new policies on the various issues.

The format of the mayor’s appearances has brought criticism from some supervisors who say it lacks spontaneity and prevents in-depth discussion, since the rules don’t allow for a back-and-forth between the two sides.

Outside board chambers after the question time, the mayor talked about meeting first lady Michelle Obama at a lunch in the city earlier today.

Lee said he was “quite spirited” by the meeting and “came back here to say ‘Let’s go to work.'”

This evening, he was scheduled to attend a dinner with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, who recently announced he will open a consulate general for his country in San Francisco.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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