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Inauguration

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:18:00
Article by:
Sam Felsing
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January 9 marks a changing of the guard in San Francisco. On that day, Supervisors Eric Mar, David Campos, and John Avalos will each step down after eight years on the Board of Supervisors. Taking their places are school board trustee Sandra Lee Fewer in Mar’s District 1; legislative aide Hillary Ronen in Campos’ District 9; and political operative Ahsha Safai in Avalos’ District 11. A replacement for District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who was elected to the State Senate in November, may also be named and sworn in around the same time.
   
The board’s political bent will also switch from politically progressive to politically moderate. Six of the 11 current board members are deemed to be politically progressive, but because the moderate Safai is taking the progressive Avalos’s place, the board will switch its identity in 2017.
   
The difference between moderate and progressive supervisors can sometimes be hard to determine, since each side tends to define the other in unflattering terms. An individual’s identity also tends to change while on the board. For instance, formerly a moderate supervisor, Assemblyman David Chiu was considered a progressive when he first joined the board; however, Chiu’s time as President of the Board of Supervisors seemed to temper his progressiveness.
  
To get a sense of where the city is headed under the new supervisors, it might be best to focus on their commonalities. Safai — the moderate —, and Fewer and Ronen — the progressives — all seem to agree that the City Government should fund public pre-kindergarten classes, and each wants to expand the number of navigation centers for the homeless population. The newly elected supervisors also seem focused on increasing the number of affordable housing units built within San Francisco.
  
Here’s to the next four years.
 
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