After being sworn in as president of the Board of Supervisors, David Chiu gave a speech in which he did something that I’m pretty sure has never been done before: He likened the board to the World Series champion Giants.
He then summarized the “team’s” talents, “whether it’s Supervisor [Eric] Mar bringing in a healthier environment, whether it’s Supervisor [Mark] Farrell addressing our looming health care costs, whether it’s Supervisor [Carmen] Chu disciplining our budget, Supervisor [London] Breed getting the jobs that young adults need, Supervisor [Jane] Kim making sure that all our kids graduate, Supervisor [Norman] Yee making sure that small businesses succeed, Supervisor [Scott] Wiener fighting for better transportation options, Supervisor [David] Campos fighting against wage theft for workers, Supervisor [Malia] Cohen curbing gun violence and Supervisor [David] Avalos delivering on local hiring.
“By the end of our season, if we’re going to succeed in getting these things done, we are all going to win.”
To be fair, this is his third acceptance speech and he’s running out of metaphors.
Now that the committee assignments have been doled out, Farrell will be “addressing our looming health care costs,” Avalos will be “delivering on local hiring” and Breed will be “getting the jobs that young adults need” on the Budget and Finance Committee. Kim will be “making sure that all our kids graduate” on the Joint City and School District Select Committee. And Wiener will be “fighting for better transportation options” on the Land Use and Economic Development Committee, which oversees transportation.
Chiu is combining the Public Safety and City Operations and Neighborhood Services committees into one where Yee will be “making sure that small businesses succeed” and Campos will be “fighting against wage theft for workers.” But it’s hard to see how Mar will be “bringing in a healthier environment” on this newly created committee, or how Cohen will be “curbing gun violence” from the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.
Chu, who should be “disciplining our budget” on the Budget and Finance Committee, could be appointed city assessor, so for now she will be keeping an eye on operations from the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.
Melissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at 6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.