Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Sheehy hires first staffer; lands on budget, public safety, and new federal issues committees

SF District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. Photo: Gary McCoy

SF District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. Photo: Gary McCoy

Gay San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy has hired his first staff member and will be serving on the budget and public safety committees as well as a new committee focused on federal issues.

Mayor Ed Lee appointed Sheehy last week to the District 8 seat on the Board of Supervisors, which became vacant due to gay state Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) election in November. Sheehy, a gay married father who lives in Glen Park, is the first person living with HIV to serve on the board.

On Wednesday (January 11) Sheehy hired Andres Power, a fellow gay father, as his first supervisorial aide. Power had worked for Wiener as his chief of staff at City Hall and had been hired to be Wiener’s policy director in Sacramento. But Power and his partner, Rod Hipskin, welcomed the birth of their daughter last year, and he opted to return to working in San Francisco so he could be closer to his family.

Sheehy has two more City Hall aides to hire and reportedly has been flooded with applicants for the positions.

Late yesterday afternoon Board President London Breed, elected Monday to a second two-year term, announced her committee assignments for the new and returning members of the Board of Supervisors.

She named Sheehy vice chair of the new Budget and Finance Federal Select Committee that will investigate the potential funding impacts and other repercussions of national policy decisions made by President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. Breed said she had instructed the committee, which will be chaired by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, to work with city departments and other leaders in planning “San Francisco’s defense of our values, diverse communities, and funding priorities.”

Also named to the committee was freshman District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, whom Breed noted in a press release was “a powerful advocate for our immigrant and minority communities.”

“Following my re-election as board president on Monday, I spoke about San Francisco’s role under a Trump administration and how critical it will be for us to be a national leader on all the values the new president threatens,” stated Breed. “That work officially begins today.”

Cohen will also chair the board’s Budget and Finance Committee, on which Sheehy will also serve as a temporary member during the negotiations over the city’s budget. With Sheehy being the board’s sole LGBT supervisor and “a longtime fighter for full HIV funding and better healthcare for all,” Breed said, “it was equally important to me to secure a spot for” him on the powerful committee.

Sheehy, who on Tuesday called for a hearing to address the car break-ins and home burglaries that are on the rise in the city and especially in his District 8, will also be the vice chair for the board’s Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee.

With women comprising a six-member majority on the board – the first time in a number of decades that there have been more female than male supervisors – Breed opted to name a majority of female committee chairs this year. In addition to Cohen’s two chair positions, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, who lost to Wiener in the state Senate race, will head the Government Audit and Oversight Committee, while freshman District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen will chair the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who had been the budget committee chair, will now lead the Land Use and Transportation Committee. And freshman District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai will lead the Rules Committee, which oversees appointments to city boards and commissions.

The 2017 committee assignments will become effective Tuesday, January 24.

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 12, 2017 @ 2:17 pm PST
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