Antonini prevails after commission pick debate 

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Planning Commissioner Michael Antonini survived a divided Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and will serve another four-year term after facing near-rejection two weeks ago.

Antonini, a dentist and registered Republican who lives in the west side of San Francisco, was re-appointed to the commission by Mayor Ed Lee, but was at risk of being rejected by the board.

Two weeks ago, Supervisor Malia Cohen emerged as the swing vote in the decision and she requested a postponement to think it over. In the end, she opted to go with Antonini, who was confirmed in a 6-5 vote. Board President David Chiu and supervisors David Campos, Eric Mar, Jane Kim and John Avalos opposed the appointment.

Antonini has recently taken heat for being what some have called too pro-development. He upset the influential Telegraph Hill Dwellers neighborhood group with his support of the 8 Washington project. And Campos recently criticized him for backing the California Pacific Medical Center’s $2.5 billion deal.

Antonini said he was “very happy” about Tuesday’s outcome. To explain why those five supervisors voted no, he likened his effective career on the commission to that of a successful quarterback of a football team.

“You want to knock out the quarterback for the other team,” Antonini said. “It’s a tribute in a way — backhanded.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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