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

Renne quits police panel

One day after the San Francisco Police Commission elected transgender business executive Theresa Sparks as its president, current President Louise Renne quit, telling the San Francisco Examiner Thursday, May 10 that she “would not serve on a commission under Theresa Sparks.”

Renne told the San Francisco Chronicle that some commissioners who voted for Sparks put their own political aspirations ahead of the panel.

Police Commission member David Campos, who is openly gay, has said he is planning to run for the Board of Supervisors, as previously reported in the Bay Area Reporter. Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, a mayoral appointee, has indicated he is eyeing a run for the state Senate seat held by Carole Migden. Campos, Veronese, and Commissioner Petra deJesus voted for Sparks.

Veronese told the Chronicle that his political plans did not influence his vote for Sparks. Sparks has already endorsed Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in the Senate race.

Reached Friday, Sparks told the Bay Area Reporter that “it’s really too bad she has to go there,” referring to Renne’s comments about other commissioners. And, Sparks said that she has seen no evidence that either Campos or Veronese – neither of whom have yet filed papers to run for office – are using their commission posts as a pulpit.

“This woman has been in politics for what, 35-40 years, and she’s leaving because [she says] it’s being political?” Sparks said.

Sparks, whom the Chronicle said has differed with Renne during her time on the commission, said that she wants to ensure commission decision-making is more transparent.

Renne did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

— Cynthia Laird, May 11, 2007 @ 2:17 pm PST
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