Pictured: A smoky backroom.
The long knives continue to be drawn at City Hall, as a new Board President could be picked as early as this afternoon. Outgoing Supervisor David Chiu has pulled what five previous Board Presidents are calling a "dick move, bro" in an open letter, by scheduling the vote for this afternoon—which allows him to vote on his successor. He's also timed the vote to take place when his rival Supervisor David Campos—whom Chiu defeated in the race for Tom Ammiano's Assembly seat—is out of town.
Reports in SF Weekly and the Examiner indicated that as of last night, no member had secured the six votes needed to become the Board's interim president. However, the best bets are Supervisor London Breed, who appears to have the backing of more moderate politicians, and Supervisor Mark Farrell, whose surprise endorsement of David Campos during the Assembly race may have built some support for him among the city's more leftist faction. Supervisors Jane Kim and Katy Tang have also been reported to be in contention.
Today, the board will either vote on the replacement or delay for a week. The second scenario seems to be tricky, as the parliamentary rules indicate that a delay would be subject to the approval of the current Board President—and Chiu is not likely to rule against his own motion.
The good news is this: We know who San Francisco's mayor is today. This Chihuahua. For real.