Should be some fun tomorrow at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting.

Number 25 on the agenda is a “Hearing to discuss the proposed Motion to take nominations and appoint a successor Mayor in the event of a vacancy in the Office of the Mayor.” Number 26 is “Motion to take nominations and appoint a successor Mayor in the event of a vacancy in the Office of the Mayor. Question: Shall this Motion be APPROVED?”

Shall it, indeed. They’re having an easier time figuring out a succession in North Korea than they are in San Francisco. The political permutations are so plentiful and byzantine that one has to resort to a puppet show in order to make sense of them.

In order to get some clarity on the situation, KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm spoke to San Francisco District 11 Supervisor John Avalos. Avalos had a few choice things to say about Gavin Newsom’s decision to delay his swearing-in as Lt. Governor (“petty politics” against “the will of the voters”). He also said that he isn’t sure if a candidate will be voted on tomorrow, and that in any event the new board will have to ratify a choice by the old board. Which means regardless of any anointed successor tomorrow, the new board might end up choosing someone else.

Listen here:

Watch all the action at the Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m.,live here.

Interview with SF Supervisor John Avalos on Choosing a Newsom Successor 3 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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