San Francisco ethics rule changed to accommodate Mayor Ed Lee 

Hours after Mayor Ed Lee joked about running for mayor, the Board of Supervisors adopted legislation that changed The City’s ethic laws to allow him to return to his post as city administrator, or any other job.

The rule change had previously been approved by the Ethics Commission.

It takes a super majority vote to approve the rule change, that’s at least four of five votes by the Ethics Commission and eight of 11 votes on the board. The current rule prohibits the mayor or members of the board from being appointed to full-time city jobs for one-year after leaving their elected posts. The change makes an exception for someone who was appointed to fill a mayoral vacancy and did not file to run for election.

Whether to change the rule could have been decided by voters -- and that was going to happen this June -- but the state never called for that election and so the decision was left exclusively up to the lawmakers.

The Board of Supervisors voted 10-0 Tuesday to approve the legislation. Supervisor David Campos was absent.

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