Communication breakdown: supes and mayor 

It wasn’t too long ago that the newly elected members of the Board of Supervisors came into office and Mayor Gavin Newsom struck a chord of wanting to work together.

During Monday’s Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting, members of board were not happy that no one from the mayor’s office – including members of the police department – came to the hearing on Newsom’s legislation that would enact a sit and lie law.

The committee sent the legislation to the full board, but it doesn’t look good. However, Newsom has said he would take it to the ballot in November regardless.

As for the working relationship – not showing up at a supes hearing doesn’t bode well.

“Frankly, I think without the mayor’s office here, without the San Francisco Police Department here, it’s a little difficult to figure out whether we can  continue to have a real conversation, which is what I have been wanting to have on this,” Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said.

Chiu said it was “disappointing” that people from the mayor’s camp were, he assumed, “ordered not to come to this hearing today.”

Chiu did say there is still time to work this out. “If it is the case that the mayor’s office and the police department wish to engage in real conversation, we do have a little bit of time before the full board vote.”

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