By NICHOLAS KUSNETZ

The biggest news from city hall this week didn’t come from city gall at all, but from the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. That was the site of the Democratic Party Unity luncheon, which turned out to be anything but.

The ghost of Mazzola past haunted Tuesday’s gathering. But it was no apparition; it was Larry Mazzola Jr. in the flesh. Remember him? He’s the labor leader who the Board of Supervisors passed over for a spot on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District last week. A whole mass of irate signholders protested outside the luncheon saying the board has become, with help from Campos, too progressive. If intra-party strife is your thing, you can get a fix here, here and here. Basically, however, labor seems to have a feeling that some of the people who it sent to the board may not be so grateful, and the failure to support Mazzola is one example.

That same day, the board had its weekly meeting and the most exciting thing on the agenda seemed to be Muni’s budget woes. A possible fare hike looms and at least a few supervisors—Campos included—aren’t going to let that happen without a fight. As usual, though, there were a lot of pronouncements, denouncements and congratulations at the meeting, including the Campos-cosponsored, “Denouncing immigration raids and supporting comprehensive immigration reform.” There’s nothing wrong with a little symbolism (stress on little).

The real heat came the day before, at Monday’s Public Safety Committee hearing. There was an item on the agenda to talk about the selection of the Ingleside police station as a pilot for community policing, but the supervisors took the opportunity to rip into Assistant Chief Jim Lynch for a recent communication breakdown. The department had previously replaced the captain of said police station, but they apparently failed to let anyone on the board know before making an announcement at a press conference. The supes weren’t happy. At a certain point, it almost sounded like Committee Chair Campos was scolding a child.

“I think those are mistakes and mistakes happen,” Campos said, referring to the lapse. “I think that going forward, it’s important to, instead of being defensive, to simply acknowledge, ‘You know what, we can do things better and we are committed to doing things better.’”

“I acknowledge that,” Lynch replied, having no choice but to play along.

“Ok, thank you,” Campos ended. Well it’s settled then. Now we can all get along.

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