City to pay at least $23K for Film Office director ouster 

On Tuesday morning, the Film Commission met and unanimously approved a severance agreement of at least $22,655.90 with Stefanie Coyote, who had served as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s executive director of the commission since 2004.

Newsom brought her on as part of his effort to try and revitalize movie-making magic in San Francisco, but then late last year rather abruptly forced her to resign.

The severance agreement is $9,963 for an in-lieu payment for not receiving a 30-day notice, and $12,692 for the equivalent of five weeks worked. The severance is said to be due Coyote under The City’s Municipal Executives Association labor agreement.

Coyote is also entitled to cash out any accrued vacation time or sick time.

Coyote’s official termination date, according to the agreement, was Jan. 29. As part of the agreement, Coyote gives up her right to make any claims against The City.

Newsom, through a mayoral staffer, told Coyote to resign back in November. Coyote did not have to step down. Either the commission would have to vote her out or she would have to have voluntarily quit. Despite her commission showing a lot of support for her and expressing confusion and disagreement about Newsom’s decision, in the end Coyote is gone.

Newsom stood by his decision despite the criticism.

Commission chair Lorrae Rominger said Monday that candidates for Coyote’s replacement could be submitted to the commission within the next couple of weeks.

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