Mayoral appointment-power amendments fizzle out 

As members of the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom struck a budget deal late Tuesday night, the board also voted to reject two politically charged charter amendments proposed for the Nov. 2 ballot that the mayor has blasted.

And it sounded as if a third won’t end up on the ballot either.

The charter amendments had in common a provision that would erode the mayor’s commission-appointing authority. Currently, the mayor appoints all members who sit on the Recreation and Park Commission, the Rent Board and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors. Each measure would have split the appointments so the mayor would choose three, the board three and the seventh would be made jointly by the mayor and the president of the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors voted 6-5 to withhold the Rec and Park measure.

Supervisor David Campos abandoned his effort to split up appointments to the Rent Board. He said he wanted to focus on placing and passing tax revenue measures in November.

A vote on the SFMTA charter amendment was postponed. Board President David Chiu, however, signaled he would not support the measure if ongoing conversations he’s having with the Mayor’s Office and the SFMTA result in "reform measures that reflect the reasons why we are pursuing this charter amendment in the first place."

The board makes a final decision Tuesday on whether to place the SFMTA and Rent Board amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot.

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