What Would You Ask Mayor Mark Farrell in 10 Minutes?

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

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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