Jane Kim seeks unprecedented sole-nominating power 

It seems anything dealing with the Twitter tax break must result in controversy for Supervisor Jane Kim. Twitter and other companies who locate to the Mid-Market area and take the tax break must sign a community benefits agreement, in other words commit to spending money on area nonprofits.

Supervisor Jane Kim’s legislation -- that would create a citizen’s advisory committee to influence the agreements -- hit a road block Thursday because Kim proposed a most unusual and unprecedented provision: Kim and no other supervisor would have the power to choose who sits on the seven member advisory committee.

That didn’t sit well with veteran Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. “This would be the first committee, task force, commission, whatever, where respectively one supervisor nominates everybody,” Elsbernd said. “I’m very concerned about the notion of starting to create task forces where one individual supervisor nominates everybody.”

He said that it would be “a very unique and new thing that I just don’t think is appropriate." Usually, people apply and the committee will review the applicants and decide who should get the seats, and then that decision is voted on by the full board.  

Kim attempted to make her case: “There was very strong input from community members requesting that they have some appointments come from the District 6 supervisor’s office,” Kim said. Why? She said to “ensure that there’s a diversity of voices that they worry may not be reflected if other members on the board that are not as familiar with District 6 have a voting say on that task force composition.”

But Elsbernd, with the support of Supervisor Mark Farrell, just wasn’t buying it. The legislation was continued. Expect that provision to change when it returns to the committee in a week or so.

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