On Eve of 'Gavin's Law' Debate, Supes Gallivant Around City, Security-Free

At tomorrow's Rules Committee meeting, a measure will come up for debate about how city officials should be mandated to reimburse the city for security costs when they travel out of town. Gavin Newsom's name isn't mentioned in this bit of Ross Mirkarimi legislation — fittingly, Newsom is out of town — but, then, his name is all over it.

Mirkarimi has long chided the mayor for refusing to reveal his security costs — as do other mayors. The cops won't budge, either. They say to give away dollars-and-cents figures compromises the mayor's safety (Mad Wild Terrorist No. 1: “He spends only $300,000 on security costs!” Mad Wild Terrorist No. 2: “He is a dead man. A dead man, I say!”).

So, along with Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, and Chris Daly, Mirkarimi has introduced what my colleague Benjamin Wachs has christened “Gavin's Law.” And while the sight of Newsom perambulating around City Hall is something of a rarity — and the notion of him wandering by himself nearly unthinkable — a recent trip to City Hall resembled a petting zoo. But with supes substituting for goats and lambs.

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