Scott Wiener’s proposal for repealing ballot measures up for debate again 

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposed charter amendment for the November ballot would provide the Board of Supervisors with the ability to amend or repeal certain ballot measures approved by voters.

The proposal, however, has been met with fierce criticism. Amid opposition, Wiener had postponed a vote on the proposal but it returns for a second hearing Thursday before the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee.

The committee meets Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall in Room 263.

Under the proposal, the Board of Supervisors would be able to amend or repeal voter approved ordinances or policy statements. After a measure is approved no changes could be made for three years. Then for the next four years, changes could be made with a two-thirds vote by the board. Then after seven years, a simple majority-vote could change or repeal the measure. The board could not repeal measures placed on the ballot through a petition, but could amend them, under the proposal.

Wiener calls it a good government measure that allows city government to be more flexible. Long-time community advocate Calvin Welch blasted it during its first hearing before the board’s committee. “This is quite simply a repeal of one of the cornerstones of progressive politics in California from the 1890s to the present,” Welch said.

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