Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
July 12, 2007 (Updated)
Daly could soon have a committee assignment
Supervisor Chris Daly provides a civics lesson
to students of Bessie Carmichael Elementary School yesterday.
Supervisor Chris Daly, San Francisco's present day Robin Hood
and the establishment's favorite whipping boy, may soon be reassigned
to a committee post.
Following yesterday's Budget and Finance Committee meeting, Fog
City Journal asked Board President Aaron Peskin to comment on
a possible reassignment for the out of favor, committeeless supervisor.
A pensive Board President Aaron Peskin
Peskin, you'll recall, removed
Daly from his assignment as Budget and Finance Committee Chair
after Daly moved
to introduce an alternative budget in response to Mayor Gavin
Newsom's refusal to spend supplemental appropriations earmarked
for affordable housing programs.
Daly's demotion sent cheers of exultation around the Newsom camp
who have long looked for any reason to muzzle and emasculate the
controversial but effective supervisor.
Yesterday, Peskin told Fog City that his consideration of Daly's
reassignment is not completely off the table and said there is
a vacant seat in the Government
Audit and Oversight Committee.
The exchange went as follows:
FCJ: When are you going to give Supervisor Daly a committee
Peskin: We haven't talked about that yet.
FCJ: Are you going to talk about it soon?
Peskin: I don't know, ask Chris. (*)
FCJ: Are there any committees that have seats available right
now that you can put Daly on?
Peskin: There is.
FCJ: Which one?
Peskin: There's one committee that has a vacancy
FCJ: Are you thinking about putting him on there?
Peskin: Not yet.
FCJ: Are you mulling it?
Peskin: Maybe. Not yet, really, but everything's on the table.
* Daly, for his part, told Fog City he is available to serve
on any committee at the pleasure of the Board President. Daly
also took pride in noting that he has missed just one committee
meeting since his election to the Board of Supervisors in 2000.
July 14, 1:22 p.m: Peskin confirmed to Fog City today
he has assigned Daly to the Government and Audit Oversight committee.
The committee convenes Monday at 10:00 a.m. Daly will be joined
by committee members Supervisor
Sean Elsbernd and Supervisor
Tone down the rhetoric
Newsom campaign treasurer/attorney/record ethics violator, James
Sutton, filed a complaint with the City Attorney's office,
July 2. The complaint
requests the City Attorney to strip Supervisor Chris Daly of his
first amendment right to free speech.
According to Daly, the City Attorney will not be taking action
against Daly but has politely asked him to "tone down the
Record ethics violator, James Sutton, at Monday's
Ethics Commission meeting.