Ground rules laid out for question time with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee 

Mayor Ed Lee is on target to be the first San Francisco mayor to undergo question time with the Board of Supervisors beginning March 8.

But don’t expect much by way of high drama. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation, as required by voter approved Proposition C on the November ballot, Tuesday to lay out the ground rules. The format must be approved by the board.

Here’s all it would work. Questions from supervisors must be submitted by 5 p.m. the Wednesday preceding the board’s meeting when the mayor would appear. The mayor is required to appear during the board’s second meeting of each month.  The questions will also not take members of the public by surprise either. All questions will be posted on the meeting agenda. The clock will be closely watched as well, under the proposal, which was drafted by Chiu in consultation with the mayor and the board’s clerk. The mayor can address the board for five minutes and then there are five minutes per supervisor for each question and answer.

Chiu said the question and answer sessions are not supposed to be “just an exchange of sound bytes or an opportunity for ‘gotcha politics.’”



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