Changes Ahead for Mission Bay and the City of San Francisco

Feb. 16, 2018
By Reese Isbell

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away suddenly in December before the start of the new year. The regularly scheduled election for his successor is in November of 2019. Immediately moving into the ‘Acting Mayor’ role was Board of Supervisors President London Breed. She held that role until a split Board of Supervisors removed her from the position and installed then-Supervisor Mark Farrell into the position of ‘Interim Mayor’. Interim Mayor Farrell will serve as a ‘caretaker’ mayor until a special election is held in June of 2018 to fill out the rest of Mayor Lee’s term.

The major candidates running in the special election are President Breed, former state Senator Mark Leno, former Supervisor Angela Alioto, and current Supervisor Jane Kim. Whoever wins this June will have the power of incumbency going into the regularly scheduled election in November 2019 where they could potentially win two 4-year terms. Thus, the winner of the mayoral race this June could conceivably be in the mayor’s office for the next decade. CLSA held a mayoral roundtable with Mayor Lee in the Mission Bay life sciences cluster in 2016. Following the developments of the elections this year and next, CLSA will continue working to build strong relationships with our life sciences community.

Further, CLSA is organizing the 2nd annual City Hall Advocacy Day to be held this upcoming March 1. The Advocacy Day is co-convened with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and numerous other business organizations in the City. Known as “Business Comes to City Hall,” the day will feature panels led by leaders from the government and business community as well as meetings with the offices of the mayor, department heads, supervisors, and staff. At the end of the day a mayoral debate will be held with all the above-mentioned candidates.

For more information on the subject or questions, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations (