San Francisco Supervisors sworn in to office
Peskin re-elected as Board President
Supervisors re-elect Bevan Dufty, Chris Daly, Sophie Maxwell,
Michela Alioto-Pier and newly elected Supervisor Ed Jew, pledge
their oath of office and are officially sworn in to the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors during a specially convened meeting at City
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
January 8, 2007
Amid cheering, clapping, the occasional hiss and even the cries
of young babies, four re elected members of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors and first-time supervisor Ed Jew were sworn
into office in a packed legislative chamber today.
Rebecca Goldfader, mother of Sidney Dufty. Dufty's lifetime friend,
John Alter, (right).
Supervisor Bevan Dufty (left) greets Valentina Alioto-Pier and
father, Thomas Pier.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin was re-elected board president unopposed
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin moments after being re-elected
President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Chris Daly commented as he nominated Peskin that Peskin
"has led this board as gracefully as it can be done, because
it's not an easy task."
Following Peskin's re-election, a member of the public asked
the board to "please kiss and make-up, all of you, with the
mayor," hinting at the division that at times appeared to
dominate the relationship between the board and the mayor last
Upon the request of San Francisco resident Ernestine Weiss, Mayor
Gavin Newsom and Board President Aaron Peskin rise to the occasion
by shaking hands and making-up.
On Tuesday, at the first regular board meeting of the year, the
supervisors are expected to vote to override
Newsom's veto of an ordinance that would introduce a one-year,
police foot patrol program.
Newsom has said police staffing decisions should be left to Police
Chief Heather Fong, not the Board of Supervisors. But in closing
today's event Peskin remarked that the city's constituents had
demanded more community policing.
At Tuesday's meeting the board will also vote to approve a motion
to make room on the calendar each month for the mayor to appear
in person before the board and engage
in policy discussion.
In the past, Newsom has been criticized for not sufficiently
engaging in debate with the board, and as he introduced Newsom
today, Peskin remarked that the mayor was "always welcome"
in the supervisors' chambers.
Hisses were heard from the public gallery as the mayor began
to speak. The mayor welcomed the new board, telling the supervisors,
"I appreciate your willingness to put yourself out ... to
fight your case" and then each in turn, the new and re-elected
board members - Michaela Alioto-Pier, Daly, Bevan Dufty, Sophie
Maxwell and Jew - spoke of their goals for the board's new term.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Several supervisors and the mayor emphasized the need to improve
the city's disparate distribution of wealth, the importance of
fostering an environment friendly to small business and of the
opportunities the election of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco,
as U.S. House speaker offered the city.
Alioto-Pier said she wanted San Francisco to be able to accommodate
first-time homeowners and offered a special welcome to Jew, noting
that they both had in common a long San Francisco family history
and small business ownership as well as both being parents.
District 6 supervisor Daly said he was proud of all San Francisco
had done to help its disadvantaged residents but said the city
was experiencing a "San Francisco version of apartheid"
that was seen most clearly in the gulf between his district's
poorest residents and the corporations that had also made the
area their home. Daly's constituency includes parts of the South
of Market neighborhood, the Tenderloin and Downtown.
District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly
Dufty, a new father, opened with an apology for so often imbuing
his politics with the personal but went on to talk about how inspired
he was by other young parents serving on the board. He said he
hoped to experience San Francisco through his young daughter -
and in the process help make the city a friendlier place for young
District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Small business is the lifeblood of the city, creating jobs and
tax revenue, said Jew, a former Republican and longtime community
activist, adding that he would oppose any legislation that increased
the burden on small business. Jew closed by thanking the city's
Police Department and with a salute
to slain San Francisco police Officer Brian Tuvera, who died
after being shot by an escaped parolee on Dec. 23.
District 4 Supervisor Ed Jew
Like Daly, Sophie Maxwell spoke of her district as "the
other side of San Francisco," calling it "the district
we don't see" and urging the board to close the growing gap
between the poor and the very rich. Providing support to small
and women-owned businesses would be a boon to the city, she said.
Daly's district includes Bayview and Hunters Point, which have
been plagued by violence and bear much of the burden of the city's
"If you're going to be progressive, you have to be progressive
all the way," she said.
District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell