Sean Elsbernd says last-minute measures ‘perfect evidence’ for Scott Wiener’s reform 

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s “good government” charter amendment had generated a lot of concern but it now seems like a few changes will ensure its placement on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The measure, after changes were made based on public comment, would allow the Board of Supervisors to amend or repeal measures placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors or mayor beginning in 2012.

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee voted Thursday to send the measure — after four committee hearings on the proposal — to the full board for a vote on whether to place it on the ballot.

“This is a very, very, very modest first step in beginning to reform our ballot measure process,” Wiener said. “It doesn’t impact any ballot measures passed before 2012, so it is purely a prospective reform.”

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd praised the proposal and said what happened Tuesday was “perfect evidence for the necessity of this charter amendment.”

“Three ballot measures were placed on the ballot at the very last minute by four members of the Board of Supervisors,” Elsbernd said. “And I think in the last 48 hours we’ve seen that those ballot measures were written rather hastily. There are all kinds of unintended consequences. And this charter amendment fixes that problem. It gives a bit of a lifeline to those four supervisors and to a mayor if they ever do something like this again.”

Despite some of the changes Wiener made, some remained opposed to the proposal. Influential neighborhood advocate Sue Hestor said “You are cutting off your own power. You are cutting off the people’s power.”

Chair of the committee Supervisor Jane Kim said “I don’t see a reason for not putting this before voters.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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