Mayor Lee appoints Carmen Chu San Francisco assessor – almost
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said today he intends to appoint Supervisor Carmen Chu to be the City’s next assessor-recorder, but stopped short of actually doing it or naming a replacement for Chu’s seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Although Chu wasn’t sworn in this morning, the mayor’s announcement brings the closest thing to certainty about the move that observers of San Francisco politics have seen in months of speculation.
With Chu headed for a new office, one vacated by recently elected Assemblyman Phil Ting, Lee can name a replacement to Chu’s seat on the Board of Supervisors representing District 4, including the Sunset and Parkside districts adjacent to Ocean Beach.
SF Gate’s City Insider blog reported that Lee said he would pick a replacement by March 4, but gate no indication who that might be.
Three names often crop up in discussions about the next District 4 supervisor:
- Katy Tang – Tang is one of Chu’s aides and a familiar face at community meetings and events throughout the district.
- Suzy Loftus – A member of the San Francisco Police Commission, Loftus is a parent — currently an under-represented demographic on the board — in a district traditionally full of families.
- Malcolm Yeung – Yeung is deputy director of the Chinatown Community Development Center.
Whoever Lee chooses will get to serve out the remainder of Chu’s current term and run for the office twice, meaning a potential 10 years representing District 4.