Newsom wins fight over security legislation 

Mayor Gavin Newsom successfully vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have required mayors to reimburse The City for the cost of security-detail provided by the Police Department when the mayor was traveling outside of California and engaged in political activity.

The board voted 7-to-3 Tuesday to override the mayor’s veto. It takes eight votes to override the veto. Supervisors Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd and Bevan Dufty supported the mayor’s veto. Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier was absent from the meeting.

In his veto letter, Newsom said that the legislation would “needlessly endanger public officials and threaten the atmosphere of open dialogue.”

“It’s quite unfortunate that the mayor saw fit to veto this piece of legislation,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who introduced the legislation. “It is a good government piece of legislation. I think it is modest in its ask.”

He said, ““it sheds light on a budget that is not transparent. There shouldn’t be any phantom budgets in the city and county of San Francisco no matter how small, how large.”

The debate however is not over yet. San Francisco voters could ultimately decide the debate.

Next week, the board will vote whether to place a ballot measure about security detail costs on the June ballot.

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