There is a lot of speculation out there about who will serve as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s successor come January. The last time San Francisco faced such circumstances was in 1978, when Mayor George Moscone was killed and Dianne Feinstein, president of the Board of Supervisors at the time, served out the remainder of his term. If there is any disagreement on the rules, the city attorney’s office would typically advise on the matter.
But just to make our heads spin a little more, current City Attorney Dennis Hererra is running for mayor next year. Because of this conflict of interest, the Santa Clara Office of County Counsel has been enlisted to mediate. The Board of Supervisors can decide not to vote on a successor, in which case the board president would serve as acting mayor until November’s election. The makeup of the new board — whether it leans more progressive or more moderate — may also affect the outcome. But we’ll have to wait for results from district runoff elections to know which way the board will swing. So stay tuned — it will no doubt be a fascinating few months for San Francisco politics.