What Would You Ask Mayor Mark Farrell in 10 Minutes?

We have some suggestions for the interim mayor's "open door chats."

Mayor Mark Farrell visits a small business in the Mission District. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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?

Happy chatting!

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