Newsom vetoes security-detail legislation 

Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed on Friday legislation that would require mayors and other elected officials to reimburse The City for dignitary security provided during campaign-related travel outside of California.

“I am submitting this veto at the recommendation of our Chief of Police, George Gascon,” Newsom said in his veto letter.

“Dignitary security is the responsibility of the Police Department, at the direction of the Chief of Police. I do not support political legislation that challenges a Chief’s authority to execute his or her responsibilities under charter.”

Newsom said that the legislation would “needlessly endanger public officials and threaten the atmosphere of open dialogue.”

The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Ross Mirkairmi, was approved by the Board of Supervisors in a 7-3 vote. That means the board does not have the eight votes needed to override a mayoral veto, so the legislation appears dead.

But that does not mean the debate is over.  Mirkarimi has proposed bringing the matter to the voters this June.

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