Avalos pulls measure that would limit Newsom's spending power 

Supervisor John Avalos has pulled his “must spend” charter amendment that would have stripped the mayor’s spending power.

Avalos told Mayor Gavin Newsom on Monday evening that he would pull the initiative, which would have required the mayor to spend money the board appropriates, said Tony Winnicker, Newsom’s spokesman. The Board of Supervisors was expected to vote on the initiative before going on the June 8 ballot.

Newsom earlier this month wrote the board a letter opposing the initiative, saying the mayor should have the authority to adjust spending to meet budget needs.

"I'm appreciative that he's withdrawing the measure,” Newsom said. “It's the right thing to do. We have too much work to do together this year to close our budget gap and this would have been a major hurdle to our continued cooperation."

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