The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will have a full plate Tuesday. It’s facing a reported ultimatum to give Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the Bay Area’s wealthiest human, to deliver on a package of goodies including long-term waterfront development rights or risk losing the Cup to an unnamed bidder.

The board is also slated to talk again about its process for selecting an interim mayor to replace Gavin Newsom, who will soon move to Sacramento to don the raiment of lieutenant governor. How hard is it to pick someone to fill the mayor’s office for the rest of Newsom’s term (which ends a little more than a year from now)?

Here’s a little puppet theater from two local Web pundits, Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood. We don’t vouch that they’ve got all the facts straight. For instance, they refer at one point to Newsom being appointed lieutenant governor (hey—he won the office at the ballot box last time we looked). But they amply demonstrate how byzantine the process could get.

Episode Fifteen: Mayoral Special from Necessary Conversation on Vimeo.

S.F.’s Next Mayor: Puppet Theater Edition 13 December,2010Dan Brekke

  • Yes, the use of the word “appointed” as opposed to “sworn in” was a mistake. Its what I get for not using a teleprompter on that section – “officially becomes” was what I was going for and the wrong word came out. As for the rest of it, the facts are correct, though the list of “who’s in” and “who’s out” of contention for the spot could change at any time. Thanks so much for the shout out!!


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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