Mayoral "Question Time" in San Francisco, Proposition C (November 2010)
Proposition C requires 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 was 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."
Election results are from the San Francisco elections division as of November 26, 2010.
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?"
However, the 2006 vote on Proposition I was advisory only, and Gavin Newsom, mayor at the time that Proposition C was proposed and approved, was what one local newspaper reporter calls "a perpetual no-show."
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.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Proposition C: Shall the Charter be amended to require the Mayor to appear in person at one regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors each month to engage in formal policy discussions with the Board?|
- San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet
- Text of Proposition C
- List of local San Francisco ballot measures on the November 2, 2010 ballot
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Mayoral 'question time' goes to voters", July 21, 2010
- Smart Voter, "Proposition I"
- Smart Voter, "Questions on the November 6, 2007 ballot in San Francisco"
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.