Port director offers resignation after months of
Supervisor Aaron Peskin reacts to resignation offer with insistence
he shares aim of Port executive director Monique Moyer.
By Pat Murphy
January 27, 2006
The embattled San Francisco Port executive director yesterday
offered to resign in light of a city charter amendment which would
completely revamp the Port Commission.
Proposed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin for the June 6 ballot, the
charter amendment would expand the commission from five to seven
members and require appointment of new commissioners.
Port executive director Monique Moyer tendered her resignation
offer during a hearing by the Rules Committee of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors.
"I'd just as soon stand down rather than have something
move forward that will in fact be in perpetuity," Moyer told
Peskin insisted his measure mirrors Moyer's goal of revitalizing
the Port through community stewardship and increased Port renewal.
The District 3 supervisor, who represents an Embarcadero stretch
of the Port, accepted a number of amendments requested by Moyer.
At her suggestion, the measure expands mayoral commissioner
appointment time from two months to six months and limits Board
of Supervisors confirmation to 90 day consideration.
The Rules Committee is scheduled to vote on the issue next Thursday
at 10:00 a.m.
Current Port Commissioner Sue Bierman took issue with the plan.
Port Commissioner Sue Bierman
Before joining the Port Commission, Bierman served on the Planning
Commission for 16 years and on the Board of Supervisors for two
"It's questioning our value and our experience, and I hope
we can just keep working like we are," stated Bierman.
Peskin led high-profile criticism of the Port in recent months
including a successful effort to block retail and recreation center
development on Piers 27-31.
Moyer described ongoing criticism of the Port as "demoralizing."