San Franciscans often don’t get the chance to talk face-to-face with the person in charge of running their city. But interim Mayor Mark Farrell wants to change that — for the three months he has left in office.
Farrell announced Tuesday that he will hold 10-minute “open door chats” on the first and third Fridays of the month, beginning this Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Concerned citizens can’t just waltz up to City Hall, though — they must enter the lottery scheduling system to have a shot.
(The late Mayor Ed Lee once hosted coffee chats, but one coffee shop run-in with local rapper and hunger striker Equipto wasn’t conducive to the warm politician-speaks-to-constituents photo op.)
“I believe the Mayor’s Office should be transparent, open and accessible to all San Francisco residents,” Farrell said in a statement. “During my time as mayor I want to get to the heart of the issues and I want my work to be guided by what is impacting the lives of our residents on a day-to-day basis.”
We could not agree more about transparency. So here are some very, very important questions we have for Mayor Farrell that are open for the taking:
- In light of the interim mayor vote, is the Board of Supervisors indeed analogous to Game of Thrones? In that case, is Supervisor Aaron Peskin really Littlefinger?
- How far in advance did your kids know they would need to get dressed for your surprise mayoral swearing in?
- Is this “open door chat” intended to promise results in three months or is this another way to live out your dream of being mayor?
- Are you tired of having to pretend car break-ins are a bigger epidemic than evictions and homelessness?
- How much money do you think you’ll make as a venture capitalist from the long-term benefits of your short-term mayoral gig?