Mayoral "Question Time" in San Francisco, Proposition C (November 2010)

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A Mayoral "Question Time" in San Francisco ballot proposition is on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in San Francisco.[1]

The ballot measure, if approved, will require the Mayor of San Francisco to appear before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at least once a month "to engage in formal policy discussions with members of the board".

The Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 to place the measure on the November ballot. Ross Mirkarimi is one of the six supervisors in favor of the measure. He said, "I think it's an important piece of law" that will potentially bring about a "level of engagement that quite frankly does not occur."[1]

Proposition I in 2006

San Francisco voters already said, in a November 7, 2006 vote on Proposition I, that they wish for the mayor to attend meetings and engage in dialogue with the Board of Supervisors at least once a month. Proposition I asked, "Shall it be City policy to urge the Mayor to appear in person at one regularly scheduled YES meeting of the Board of Supervisors each month to engage in formal policy discussions with members of the Board?"[2]

However, the 2006 vote on Proposition I was advisory only, and current mayor Gavin Newsom is what one local newspaper reporter calls "a perpetual no-show."[1]

  • Yes: 126,023 (56.36%) Approveda
  • No: 97,567 (43.64%)

Proposition E in 2007

In 2007, supporters of the idea of "Question Time" put Question E on the ballot as a binding ordinance, but the city's voters rejected it then, with 48.59% of voters in favor and 51.41% of voters against.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 San Francisco Chronicle, "Mayoral 'question time' goes to voters", July 21, 2010
  2. Smart Voter, "Proposition I"
  3. Smart Voter, "Questions on the November 6, 2007 ballot in San Francisco"

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