San Francisco District 9 Supervisor David Campos. Photo by San Francisco LGBT Community Center/Flickr

Two years ago, San Francisco voters decided that the mayor should pay monthly visits to a Board of Supervisors meeting, where supervisors could ask the mayor one question each and the five-minute answers would be prepared in advance. Supervisors would not be allowed to ask a follow-up question.

What followed was a series of canned answers from the mayor and not a lot of interest from supervisors. The San Francisco Examiner reported that only one question was asked during last month’s meeting.

The SF Appeal reports that District 9 Supervisor David Campos thinks this rule of mayoral engagement is “not as useful as it could be.” And in meta-political fashion, Campos has decided that his question to the mayor this month will be one that inquires about the structure of “Question Time” itself. Any questions?

Read more at the SF Appeal, here.

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    1. from my perspective, making sure the representative of each district have a regular opportunity to engage the mayor in meaningful discussion seems like an important step toward addressing real issues in your district. Most real issues in any district won’t be addressed by your district representative alone, without collaboration of the Mayor’s office.
      I think this is a great idea. Thanks, Supervisor Campos.

      1. I agree with you and support the Supervisor’s attempt to fix this. The Mayor and Supervisors need to talk openly and unscripted. Things change too fast for a week delay. The current system is left over from the days of Daly and Newsom. I liked both the Mayor and Campos because both have demonstrated that they can be grown ups and work with the other side of the aisle. A more open and respectful dialog would do wonders to lower the drama, rampant suspicions, and misunderstandings flying around city hall.

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