Board’s last chance to name interim mayor 

When the Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday at 2 p.m., it could vote on an interim mayor, the person who will serve out the remainder of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term in office.

It takes six votes to appoint an interim mayor, and a vote is legally binding only if there is a vacancy.

That’s a problem for the current board, since Newsom has postponed being sworn in as lieutenant governor and has indicated he won’t leave until the new board members are sworn into office on Saturday. With the newly elected, the board is slightly more moderate and no longer has Newsom’s chief rival Supervisor Chris Daly.

If the current board does vote for someone during its last meeting Tuesday, it’s being viewed as a symbolic decision since any decision would require a confirmation vote upon an actual vacancy in office, even if there are some grumblings over the legality of Newsom’s postponement.

This moment was being eyed by the progressives as a golden opportunity to put a political ally in The City’s most powerful post who can then run for election in November. But infighting has prevented the progressives from coalescing around who that person should be, and also pressure is coming from Newsom and his allies for the appointment of a caretaker mayor, someone who will not run for election.

Names circulated for a one-year interim mayor who won’t run for election include Sheriff Michael Hennessey and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Director Ed Harrington.

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