With five weeks of summer break, members of the Board Supervisors are traveling to the Jersey Shore, Hawaii, Shanghai and Italy. At least two plan to attend Burning Man. Three others are using the legislative downtime to ramp up their efforts on the campaign trail.
The Board of Supervisors’ annual summer recess officially began Wednesday. The board doesn’t have a meeting scheduled until Sept. 6, providing the supervisors with a chance to get far away from City Hall.
And some are doing just that.
Supervisor Malia Cohen is taking a trip to China.
“I’m going to Shanghai, and it should be noted that Rose Pak and Willie Brown are not paying for my trip,” Cohen said, a reference to the intrigue surrounding Mayor Ed Lee’s possible run for mayor and reports about Pak paying for elected officials’ travels to China.
Two supervisors are heading to Europe. Supervisor David Campos will relax in Southern California and then travel to Italy and France. Supervisor Scott Wiener won’t be in town when Lee makes an announcement about running for mayor this week. He instead will be at the Jersey Shore visiting family. He’ll also spend two weeks in London.
With some downtime, Supervisor Jane Kim is “learning to ride my new pink Public bike I got for my birthday from my friends.” Kim will also take a trip to Hawaii, as will Supervisor Carmen Chu for a week.
On the must-do list of at least one supervisor is Burning Man, the weeklong annual event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Supervisor Eric Mar is returning to the event again this year and may be joined by others, including Cohen.
But for three supervisors, it’s all about the quest for a higher office.
It was Amsterdam last year for Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, but this year?
“My summer travels will involve visiting every San Francisco neighborhood as part of mayoral [my] campaign,” Chiu said.
Supervisor John Avalos may be daydreaming about a vacation, but he’s focused on his mayoral bid.
“I think a lot about fishing or backpacking, but those things will have to wait,” he said. “I’m crisscrossing The City meeting tons of people.”
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, in a challenging race for sheriff, has no time for travels.
“I’m campaigning,” he said.
Upon their return, supervisors are in store for intense politics with two months before the election of San Francisco’s next mayor.
“Getting ready for an exciting fall,” Supervisor Mark Farrell said.