Supervisor Sics City Attorney on Mayor

Supervisor David Campos upped the ante in his showdown with Mayor Gavin Newsom regarding the city's controversial sanctuary city policy today, requesting the city attorney rule on whether Newsom can refuse to enforce the amendment that the board passed this fall over the mayor's veto.

Campos today sent a letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera, asking him for a legal opinion on whether the mayor “has the authority to unilaterally refuse to implement the duly-enacted civil rights legislation.” The amendment was to go into effect today. It would have postponed the city's reporting of suspected undocumented juveniles charged with felonies until after they are convicted of the crime. Read SF Weekly's cover story on the issue here.

“We may have a strong-mayor system of government, but it is not a monarchy,” Campos wrote. You can view the letter in its entirety here:

Campos.Letter.to.Herrera-12-10-09.pdf.

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