Board of Supervisors - Does San Francisco have a City Council? - 400116

QUESTION:

Does San Francisco have a City Council?

 

ANSWER:

The City and County of San Francisco is a consolidated city-county, a statusit has had since 1856. It is the only such consolidation in California. Themayor is also the county executive and the county board of supervisors acts asthe city council. Because of its unique status, it exercises jurisdiction overproperty that would otherwise be located outside of its corporation limit. SanFrancisco International Airport, though located in San Mateo County, is ownedand operated by the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco was alsogranted a perpetual leasehold over the Hetch Hetchy Valley and watershed inYosemite National Park by the Raker Act in 1913.

 

San Francisco City Hall

Under the city charter, the government of San Francisco is constituted of twoco-equal branches. The executive branch is headed by the mayor and includesother city-wide elected and appointed officials, and the civil service. The11-member Board of Supervisors, the legislative branch, is headed by a President(Aaron Peskin, as of 2006) and is responsible for passing laws and budgets,though San Franciscans also make use of direct ballot initiatives to passlegislation. The members of the Board of Supervisors are elected asrepresentatives of specific districts within the city. If the mayor dies orresigns, the President of the Board of Supervisors assumes the office.