David Chiu Kills Muni Charter Amendment — Which Would Have Failed Miserably

Call Supervisor David Chiu what you will, but don't call him sentimental. The Board of Supervisors' president last night tossed the “Progressive Muni Charter Amendment” he'd crafted alongside Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar, and David Campos under the bus, hammering out an agreement with the mayor that killed his legislation.

It was a smart move. Chiu hasn't yet returned our calls, but after talking with a few politicos in the know, SF Weekly can report that Chiu made this deal because it was the best deal he could make: The progs' Muni charter amendment would have been beaten mercilessly at the polls — it would have been swamped by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's “Fix Muni Now” amendment. And, yes, killing the Muni charter amendment and the supes' amendment regarding split appointments to the Recreation and Park Commission made Mayor Gavin Newsom happy. Yes, this is vote-trading, and, yes, that would be illegal. So's your NCAA Tournament bracket.

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