Newsom asks board to drop Rec and Park appointment reform measure 

Mayor Gavin Newsom weighed in on a charter amendment proposal that would weaken his appointment process to the Recreation and Park Commission, saying the initiative “lacks a compelling rationale for reform.”

Newsom defended his appointments to the Recreation and Park Commission, touting the department’s recent accomplishments, including the overwhelming passage by voters of a $185 million bond measure in 2008 for park improvements.

He also mentioned that the Board of Supervisors didn’t reject any of the 13 appointments and reappointments he’s made to the Recreation and Park Commission since taking over as mayor in 2003.

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will hear the proposal at its meeting on Friday. If the measure meets final approval, it would go before voters in the November election. Newsom has asked the Board of Supervisors to table the proposal.

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