A June ballot measure that would allow Mayor Ed Lee to return to his post as city administer after his interim term ends was resubmitted late Friday afternoon after it was quietly withdrawn Tuesday.
San Francisco voters will now have the opportunity to weigh in on Lee’s job future after all.
After The San Francisco Examiner reported Friday about the removal, it was resubmitted hours later with the signatures of San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisors Carmen Chu, Eric Mar, Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. The deadline to submit June ballot measures was Friday by 5pm.
“After considering the issue, Mayor Lee is supportive of both the board and the voters considering this change,” Lee’s spokeswoman Christine Falvey said Friday afternoon.
Chiu and the other signers had removed the measure Tuesday, one day after Chiu had announced his intent to run for mayor this November. Lee says wants to return to his job as city administrator, despite suggestions by others he would run for mayor if there is enough public support.
“After discussions with the Mayor’s Office, we decided to submit the measure for the June ballot, though we continue to expect it to happen legislatively,” Chiu’s legislative aide Judson True said Friday.
Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, who is current chair of the local Democratic Party, had this to say about the recent developments: “It’s a clear case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.” If the change can happen legislatively then “City Hall should do its job,” he added.
Voters or the legislative body can vote to change the ethics rule that prohibits mayors and other elected officials from being appointed to city jobs for one year after leaving office. Now it appears the move to change the rule will occur on the ballot and through the legislative process.
Lee took a pay cut to serve as mayor but his pension is not impacted either way: It’s based on his highest pay year. Lee’s salary was $255,441 as city administrator and it’s $248,423 as mayor.