Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

No gays among SF board committee chairs

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed announced committee assignments this morning (Friday, January 16) and gay supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener did not receive chairmanships.

In an email, Breed said neither man had requested chairmanships. Both men have chaired committees since January 2013.

Supervisor David Campos. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Supervisor David Campos. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

In her announcement, Breed, who represents District 5 and was elected to the presidency January 8, said, “Amazingly, these committees largely reflect what my colleagues requested. I am fortunate to serve a board with such a diverse range of interests and experiences. It certainly made my job easier.”

Asked if he’s disappointed he didn’t get a chairmanship, Campos, who competed against Breed to be board president, said in a brief interview, “Ultimately, it’s up to the president to make those decisions. I think ultimately the assignments reflect where the president has her priorities.”

Campos, who has represented District 9 since 2009, has chaired the City Operations and Neighborhood Services and Public Safety committees since January 2013, and the Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee since February 2013. Those assignments are scheduled to end January 31.

Breed has assigned him to be vice chair of what she’s calling the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and a member of the City and School District Select Committee.

Supervisor Scott Wiener

Supervisor Scott Wiener

Wiener has been named as vice chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee and a temporary member of the Budget and Finance Committee. The District 8 supervisor has chaired the Land Use and Economic Development Committee since January 2013. That assignment is set to end January 31. Wiener has served on the board since 2011.

Breed, who’s been on the board since 2013, said she’s looking forward “to the very important election of our next transportation authority chair later this month.”

In an interview, Wiener said he didn’t request the lead position on any of the supervisors’ committees because he plans to seek the transportation authority chairmanship. The supervisors sit on the panel, which administers the transportation sales tax. Each county has a similar group.

“A lot of money flows through the transportation authority,” Wiener said, and it “plays a very significant role in transportation funding decisions.”

He said, “It doesn’t make sense to be chair of a board committee, as well. It’s a little bit too much for one person to do.”

Wiener said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen has served on the land use committee with him for three out of the past four years, and there are “an enormous number” of land use issues in her district. Breed announced that she’s assigned Cohen to lead the committee.

“Given that I’ve chaired land use for two years now, to me it made a lot of sense for Supervisor Cohen to have the opportunity” to lead the panel, he said.

“I think these are very balanced committees,” Breed said in her announcement. “I am excited to see them do the people’s work, and if something is not working, I will make changes accordingly.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 16, 2015 @ 12:18 pm PST
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