Several years back, erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom made defeating a proposition that he be made to answer questions publicly before the Board of Supervisors his No. 1 election priority — helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to quash it.
San Francisco's a funny town. Until recently, the mayor wasn't required to answer the board's questions. But he can choose to not fund programs approved by even a supermajority of the supervisors.
With both Supervisor Chris Daly and Newsom out of the picture, voters subsequently approved a “mayor's question time” measure. But, as the Examiner notes today, and we've noted in the past, the process is neither the political “gotcha” fest its detractors claimed it'd be nor the British Parliament-style display of wit and intellect pushed by its backers.
In fact, the only question answered by mayor's question time is, “how can Board of Supervisors meetings be rendered even more tedious and insufferable?”