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Mayor Lee’s Vacant Administration — UPDATED!

by Larry Bush 01.12.2012

As Mayor Ed Lee takes up duties as the city’s elected mayor, his office has provided CitiReport with an updated list of mayoral commissioners, including vacancies, and the dates when each commissioner’s term expires. The full list can be downloaded here. The Mayor’s Office response comes more than a week after an Immediate Disclosure Request […]

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Didn’t Get Done: Dozens of Vacancies on City Commissions and Boards

by Larry Bush 09.06.2011

The campaign motto may be “He Gets It Done,” but Interim Mayor Ed Lee is rapidly falling behind in getting things done when it comes to filling vacancies on key city boards and commissions — in some cases halting the city’s ability to function. Nearly four dozen seats wait for appointees, and in some cases […]

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Sleeping Watchdog Nods Off Again: Run Ed Run OK

by Larry Bush 08.09.2011

  Video of Ethics Commission (click to open link) The San Francisco Ethics Commission voted unanimously that it once again failed to have crafted legal rules regarding so-called independent committees like “Progress for All”, aka “Run Ed Run”. The Commission’s decision that it had failed to consider situations like the Run Ed Run campaign came […]

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City Commissions: No Time for Minutes?

by Larry Bush 08.08.2011

San Francisco’s 24 charter commissions are required to post their minutes within 48 hours after they have been approved. How’s that working out? Not so well. In a CitiReport survey, only four charter commissions consistently met the deadline of posting minutes in compliance with the law’s requirements. Moreover, high-profile city charter commissions that took up […]

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What’s Next For the Elect Ed Lee Effort?

by Larry Bush 08.08.2011

Mayor Ed Lee will decline to accept public financing when he files to run for his own term as mayor on August 8, according to a report in the Chronicle’s Matier and Ross. Meanwhile, the “Run Ed Run” aka “Progress for All” has announced that it closed its operation last week in order to give […]

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Why I Oppose the Ballot Measure on Political Consultants

by Larry Bush 08.07.2011

POLITICAL CONSULTANT BALLOT MEASURE This measure seems to simply “clean up” some provisions of the law that requires political consultants to register and make disclosures about their clients and their work. And I think that’s why it was approved for the ballot by all 11 supervisors. But it takes a giant step beyond that. It […]

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All Nine Redistricting Task Force Members Named

by Larry Bush 07.11.2011

Mayor Ed Lee named the last three members to the Redistricting Task Force, adding two women with strong connections in the city’s ethnic communities and the first LGBT appointee. The three mayoral appointees are: Myong Leigh, a resident of District 9, is the Deputy Superintendent for Policy and Operations for the San Francisco Unified School […]

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East Side, West Side: Not So Much

by Larry Bush 06.21.2011

Some city neighborhoods are more equal than others — a lot more equal. It might help partly explain why some neighborhoods get an abundance of attention from city hall, and others not so much. The city’s diversity, according to the city charter, is to be represented in appointments to city boards and commissions. The city […]

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Redistricting Task Force: 3 Appointed by Elections

by Larry Bush 06.17.2011

The Elections Comission named its three appointees to the Redistricting Task Force at its June 15 meeting. Six more are to be named — three by the Board of Supervisors and three by the mayor. Elections named David Pilpel, Melissa Tidwell and Mark Schreiber. Pilpel is a regular at city boards and commissions and frequently […]

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The Woody Allen Axiom: Are City Commissioners Showing Up?

by Larry Bush 06.13.2011

San Francisco taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars in benefits for city commissioners but the mayor’s office doesn’t know if they are showing up for work. In fact, taxpayers are committed to pony up nearly twice as much toward the health care benefits of city commissioners than it does for full-time city […]

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