This week in City Hall - the Board of Supervisors meeting lasted 7 hours. SEVEN HOURS! Hours of debate as homeless advocates fought Jeff Sheehy's chop shop legislation, and the Chinese American community fought a MCD in the Outer Sunset. Also, Supervisor Peskin introduces another charter amendment.
Board of Supervisors Meeting, October 3rd, 2017
Meeting Length, 7 hrs, 41 minutes
After months of negotiations and debate, Supervisor Jeff Sheehy's chop shops legislation finally (finally!) got a vote at the Board of Supervisors, passing on a 9-2 vote. The legislation had been watered down a number of times; taking its jurisdiction away from the Police Department and giving it to Public Works, and then prohibiting Public Works from charging an impound fee. Even though the revised legislation gained the support of the Bike Coalition, the legislation still faced fierce opposition from homeless advocates. Supervisors Fewer and Ronen dissented.
The chop shop legislation is aimed at reducing bicycle theft. You can read our original article about Supervisor Jeff Sheehy's chop shop legislation here.
Another long-fought battle came to a head as the medical cannabis dispensary in the Outer Sunset came before the Board for approval. Dozens of protestors came out for the hearing, particularly from the Chinese American community who live in the area, and also from the religious conservative non-profit Pacific Justice Institute. In a stunning 9-2 vote, the Supervisors denied the MCD from moving forward. Many Supervisors spoke out against the Pacific Justice Institute, but recognized the significant neighborhood outcry. Supervisors Cohen and Sheehy were the sole votes in favor o the MCD.
You can read our full article about the Outer Sunset MCD debate here.
The list of ballot measures for 2018 has begun to pile up, with Supervisor Peskin requesting the City Attorney to begin drafting a charter amendment to alter the composition of the Retirement Board to include more Supervisors. Peskin indicated that the charter amendment would be part of his effort to get the Retirement Fund to divest from fossil fuels.
The Retirement Board is a governing body that rules over the San Francisco Employee's Retirement System. 3 members of the Board are elected by SF city employees, 3 are appointed by the Mayor, and 1 is appointed by the Board of Supervisors President.
Supervisor Peskin also introduced a new board rule, recommended by the Ethics Commission, which would restrict the ability of board and commission members (and the Supervisors, we would assume) to vote on issues if they fail to file their Form 700 on time.
The Form 700 is a statement of economic interests that many public officials must file to disclose their business investments.
The board meeting adjourned in memory of all the people who were lost during the mass shooting in Las Vegas this past week.
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