Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Gay man not recommended for SF veterans panel

Gay San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commissioner John Caldera was not recommended for a new term, after the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee voted for three other people to pass along to the full board.

Caldera did not attend the rules committee meeting Thursday (February 25).

(John Caldera. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

(John Caldera. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

There were nine people who had applied for three seats on the panel. Several of them also did not attend the meeting.

After hearing from those candidates who did show up, Supervisors Katy Tang and Malia Cohen voted 2-0 to forward the names of commission President Michael Maffei, Kimberly Flaherty, and William Barnickel to the full board. The supervisors can either approve the recommendation or select different people for the commission seats.

During his comments, Maffei mentioned that attendance has been an issue on the panel and he said he supported a bylaws change or some other mechanism so that the commission can address “those who have a less than stellar attendance” record. He also said the panel wants to do more for homeless veterans and improve relations between the panel, the mayor, and the supervisors.

In addition to helping homeless vets, Maffei said the commission also wants to work on employment and housing issues that veterans face.

Barnickel said that serving on the commission is his “calling,” and also said that mental health is a “huge” concern among veterans.

Flaherty said that housing is her main concern, and noted that she served in the Army from 1987-1990. She currently works at the San Francisco Public Library (she started out as a volunteer and ended up securing a paid position) and attends City College of San Francisco.

“I promise my attendance will be perfect,” she said.

Caldera did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

In another matter before the committee, gay city resident Ken Maley was recommended to the full board for a seat on the Park, Recreation, and Open Space Advisory Committee.

Maley, a resident of District 3, said that he has experience working on various park projects, such as landmarking Coit Tower and Washington Square Park. A former member of the San Francisco Civil Grant Jury, Maley said during his time on that panel grand jurors investigated the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and determined that a lot of money was “drained” from projects to cover administrative costs.

District 6 resident Jane Weill was also recommended to the full board for a seat on the park advisory committee.

— Cynthia Laird, February 25, 2016 @ 2:29 pm PST
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