Supes Punt on Naming Next Mayor

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Joe Eskenazi
Larry Edmond says, unlike Tom Ammiano, he'd be thrilled to be our next mayor
As expected, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors did not select the city's next mayor today. Instead  the process was continued to Dec. 14 (for the record, this was done on a 9-2 vote with Supervisors Chris Daly and John Avalos dissenting).

The supes did, however, take public comment regarding the matter. And a litany of San Franciscans ambled to the microphone to expound upon what manner of man or woman they'd like to see in charge.

Based on the commentary, our next mayor ought to be mindful of the needs of children, adults, and senior citizens; in favor of the rights of workers and immigrants; cognizant of the needs of business; honest; "not Mickey Mouse"; in favor of workers' rights, not a "commie dirtbag"; and "a gay or lesbian" who "will prioritize our nonprofit sector in San Francisco" (what, half a billion dollars a year isn't prioritization?)

Also, Trustworty, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Maybe not reverent.

Finally, one guy simply said "please turn up the heat," and not one but two men sang musical numbers. Walter Paulson, you've got competition! The other guy sounded like Curtis Mayfield, really, Curtis Mayfield alive and singing during public comment as God is our witness!

Larry Edmond, whom many will recognize as that incredibly boisterous man who shows up just about everywhere wearing outlandish costumes with bells on his appendages, offered his services as mayor. He ran in 1999, by the way. He got eight votes, he told the Board of Supervisors, crushing his dreams of becoming the city's first gay, black mayor (so far as we know). This is, sadly, not the case. He only got seven votes.

If the supes do not name a replacement for Mayor Gavin Newsom by Jan. 3, Board President David Chiu will become acting mayor. He will remain so until either the current or next board -- which is sworn in on Jan. 8 -- can put six votes together for an interim mayor.

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