Mayor Breed under fire for controversial policy
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston claims SF Mayor London Breed requires many city commissioners to provide a signed and undated resignation letter before they are even appointed. One example Supervisor Preston cited to back up his claims is Police Commissioner Max...
Honestly I’d want a resignation letter from Dean before I would consider working with him
I'm sure this is going to be an open, honest, and thought-provoking dialogue about city politics *takes out popcorn*
Wait this again?
Didnt we already see this story break and the Mayor's office walked it back and invalidated any previously signed letters?
I used to think having a native born mayor would help the City so much. Boy was I wrong.
Today's SF is the worst I've ever seen it.
Silly drama. The practice was bad. She's agreed to discontinue the practice. Any appointees who did sign and submit an undated resignation letter can provide a memo which revokes the prior letter they're concerned about. The city attorney has already said the letters were inconsistent with the city charter, so it's unlikely the mayor would have actually been able to use one of the letters anyway without a strong legal challenge being mounted.
The facts are not very dramatic in this situation.
The methodology seems a little sleazy, but I think there's a good argument that these folks should serve at the pleasure of the mayor. Her administration should be accountable for their actions and thus, be able to fire them. Same with the president and his cabinet members.
One of the problems with SF governance is that there are too many different fiefdoms all rowing in different directions. Housing and homeless are challenges that need to cohesive plan across the planning department, police, mental health services, etc, but instead we've got 10 different plans.
As much as I dislike Dean Preston and back London Breed, such a policy would definitely be unacceptable if true.
This thread is filled with a lot of misinformation about what actually happened. The Mayor required some commission appointees to sign undated resignation letters prior to their appointments. The Commissioner at issue is one of the Police Commissioners. Until 2003, the Mayor could remove any Police Commissioner at their whim. However, the voters constrained this power with Prop H and required the Mayor to get BOS approval to remove Mayor nominated members. The actions by Mayor Breed go directly against the Charter mandated will of the voters.
You can argue that the Mayor should be able to fire a Police Commissioner at will, and you’re entitled to your opinion, but please recognize this is already in the Charter. Want to return that power to the Mayor? Go for it, with a ballot initiative. I don’t care who has the power to remove commissioners, we could give it all to a random dude named Jim (who would probably do better than our current crop). I do care that our elected officials follow the rules.
This doesn’t bother me at all. My boss can fire me anytime he wants- most of us work at pleasure. Activating a resignation letter so I can say I resigned when I apply for a new job instead of being fired is actually kind of supportive.