Mayor to start paying for certain security-detail costs 

The mayor will be required to reimburse The City for the costs of security detail when engaged in campaign activity outside San Francisco under legislation that was approved by the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee on Monday.

The legislation was previously heard by the full board but was amended and referred back to the committee level to address concerns voiced by Police Chief George Gascon, who worried the proposed new law would jeopardize the safety of the mayor.

It appears the changes to the law will be enough to ensure its adoption Tuesday when it goes back before the full board.

The original piece of legislation would have required the mayor to reimburse the city for the cost of security detail used when engaged in campaigning activity outside of San Francisco. That was changed to require reimbursement only when outside of California.

Changes also narrowed the definition of “campaign-related activity” to mean “any activity or meeting with the purpose of advocating or raising funds for the city elective officer’s election to any state or federal elective office.”

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who introduced the legislation, said Monday that “in order to accommodate all sides, we made some modifications to the legislation so that we would remain sensitive to notion of not at all compromising any kind of threat assessments or security assessments provided and administered by the police department.”

Mirkarimi said the legislation is about the city’s campaign and sunshine laws.

He noted that before he introduced the legislation, no information about the amount of money spent to provide security for dignitaries was provided. “Until the last couple of months, none of this information has ever been revealed in the history of San Francisco.”

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