CODE OF CONDUCT for San Francisco elected officials a bad idea

BELIEVE IT OR WHAT
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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors proposed varying legislation Tuesday to curb behavior and speech said inappropriate for local elected officials…

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier spoke first… Advancing a plan for the Board of Supervisors to investigate and determine whether an elected Board colleague deserves one of four possible rebukes from the entire Board…

Supervisor Chris Daly spoke next… Daly asked the City Attorney’s Office to prepare legislation creating a plan to include all San Francisco elected officials and public employees in conduct review… Details and penalties are not known since the ordinance has yet to be drafted… Daly highlighted fraternization and sexual harrassment between City managers and employees as actionable conduct…

Both proposals follow Daly’s implication made from the Floor of the Board Chambers that Mayor Newsom may have used cocaine… An angry Newsom denied the allegation without equivocation…

Thinking San Franciscans will use tongs to read both proposals…

The Courts are the effective venue to remedy libel, defamation, or slander…

Not a system of the pols investigating the pols through tribunals which will shift like sand…

NEVER A BLUE SAN FRANCISCO DAY
Take ten minutes to be happy nobody gets their hands on you, try to be glad assholes get free speech too, and go out and shun the next one you meet…

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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