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Board of Supervisors in 4 minutes: No call, no show, a new police commissioner and having a ‘CoW’ over JFK

Supervisor Shamann Walton during a board meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. | Santiago Mejia via Getty Images

This week’s Board of Supervisors meeting was short but included a number of significant actions. The supes unanimously confirmed a new police commissioner and made at least two decisions that could change the face of Chinatown and Golden Gate Park. They also engaged in what appeared to be some unspoken drama on the redistricting brouhaha. 

No Call. No Show.

One of the stranger events at Tuesday’s meeting was Mayor London Breed’s appearance before the board, which is required once a month and was supposed to happen today. Except that it didn’t. 

      It’s certainly possible that the board president’s lapse of memory was due to many of today’s agenda items being heard out of order. It’s also possible that it was due to tensions from the ongoing redistricting process

        One hallmark of the current board president’s term is that Walton likes to adjourn meetings with a quote. We present you with this week’s quote to judge for yourself. It’s from the science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi: 

        “It only takes a few politicians to stoke division, or a few demagogues encouraging hatred to set your kind upon one another. And then before you know it, you have a whole nation biting on its own tail, going round and round until there is nothing left but the snapping of teeth.”

        Board Plans to Have a ‘CoW’ Over JFK

        The board voted to hold a “CoW Hearing,” or committee of the whole hearing, of both the Board of Supervisors and the governing board of San Francisco’s County Transportation Authority—both of which comprise the same 11 members—to consider new legislation by Supervisor Connie Chan to partially reopen John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park to car traffic. 

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