Chiu selects moderate for powerful Board of Supervisors position 

A moderate took control over San Francisco’s most influential legislative committee Tuesday, the latest development in the political sea change at City Hall.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, re-elected to his post Saturday with the support of the board’s more conservative members, has appointed moderate Supervisor Carmen Chu as chair of the board’s influential Budget and Finance Committee.

Chiu unveiled his committee assignments Tuesday. As board president, he appoints supervisors to serve on the board’s seven committees.

The appointment of Chu as chair of the budget committee was Chiu’s most significant choice. During the past decade, the committee post has been dominated by progressives such as former supervisors Chris Daly, Jake McGoldrick, Aaron Peskin and current Supervisor John Avalos.

The budget chair boasts significant power and has a large say over what changes are made to the mayor’s budget submission. Chu had worked in former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Office and has served as a member of the budget committee in the past.

The committee assignments brought criticism from Supervisor David Campos, a progressive torchbearer.
“Progressives no longer control this Board of Supervisors. …. The loss of that control happened not at the ballot box, but it happened here in City Hall,” Campos said.

In response, Chiu said, “I do believe that a majority of this board share the same progressive values and I think there is a danger in an overly narrow definition of what is progressive.”

As for the committee makeup, Chiu said, the assignments “reflect the need that we have for this time for unprecedented collaboration during a time of transition with our new interim Mayor Ed Lee, with the many challenges that we are facing regarding the budget deficit, the local economy [and] pension costs.”

Committee rosters

Budget and Finance

Carmen Chu, chair

Ross Mirkarimi, vice chair

Jane Kim

Scott Wiener

David Chiu

City Operations and Neighborhood Services

John Avalos, chair

Eric Mar, vice chair

Sean Elsbernd

City and School District

Malia Cohen, chair

John Avalos, vice chair

Carmen Chu

Government Auditand Oversight

David Campos, chair

Mark Farrell, vice chair

David Chiu

Land Use andEconomic Development

Eric Mar, chair

Malia Cohen, vice chair

Scott Wiener

Public Safety

Ross Mirkarimi, chair

Malia Cohen, vice chair

David Campos


Jane Kim, chair

Sean Elsbernd, vice chair

Mark Farrell

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