Last month the San Francisco Board of Supervisors held its Inaugural Meeting in the beautiful ornate Legislative Chambers at City Hall. Inside, six members (David Campos, Eric Mar, John Avalos, David Chiu, Norman Yee, London Breed) took their oath of office from Honorable Cynthia Ming-mei Lee, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. Of the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, nine of them are of color, five which are Asian American, which marks a first in San Francisco’s history.Members of the board also nominated three members of the board to become the next term’s President of the Board of Supervisors. The nominated members included the current president David Chiu, Jane Kim, and Malia Cohen.Time was also given to the public for General Public Comment surrounding nominations and other current subject matter, but a few members of the public came to ask District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener to give up his seat on the board due to his alleged neglect to listen to the people of his district.
After comments made by the public and the board, the board held its election for the president of the board. However, with grateful appreciation of the nominations, both Jane Kim and Malia Cohen declined their nominations while stating with great importance of change being good and that it would be good to see a woman in the seat of power. With that said both agreed to withdraw in the best interest and the progressive direction of the current board president.
Having two of the three nominees decline their nominations, it left David Chiu with a unanimous decision of the board for him to continue serving as the board president. Following this decision, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee came into the chambers to give a few remarks and congratulate David Chiu.
With the board president election complete, all six newly elected and re-elected members gave their remarks and gratitude to their family, friends, and supporters. Following David Chiu’s presidential remarks he adjourned the meeting and a celebratory reception followed with public invitation in each of the newly and re-elected member’s offices.