Mayor set to veto SF stop sign ordinance

By Mayor_Ed_Lee.jpg: Nancy Pelosi derivative work: Tktru (Mayor_Ed_Lee.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In a disappointing yet not entirely unexpected move, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has threatened to veto pending legislation that would change enforcement of specific traffic violations by cyclists.

I’m not willing to trade away safety for convenience, and any new law that reaches my desk has to enhance public safety, not create potential conflicts that can harm our residents.
— “Lee says he’ll veto legislation OKing rolling stops for cyclists.” SFGate.

One of the more frustrating parts of this is his statement that his statement that he is “…not willing to trade away safety for convenience…” This clearly indicates that either he doesn’t understand the motivations and safety data behind this legislation, or is intentionally phrasing his statement using language intended to persuade. In fact, all of the significant arguments in favor of such a change in traffic law enforcement are based primarily on safety concerns.

Currently 6 of the 11 members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have supported this legislation, with 1 against. The remaining are, at the time of this writing, undecided or have not yet publicly stated a position. If the mayor does in fact veto this legislation as stated, that veto could be overridden by a vote of 9 of the 11 supervisors.

Now is the time for the residents of San Francisco to make your opinions known on this issue, especially in the districts with undecided supervisors.Not sure what district you reside in? Check out the city wide map, or click on the District in the listing below.

The current district supervisors, their position and contact information:

Eric Mar Supervisor ThumbnailIn Favor

Eric Mar
District 1
(415) 554-7410 – Voice
(415) 554-7415 – Fax

Mark Farrell Supervisor ThumbnailUndecided

Mark Farrell
District 2
(415) 554-7752 – Voice
(415) 554-7843 – Fax

Julie Christensen 2015 small image


Julie Christensen
District 3
(415) 554-7450 – Voice
(415) 554-7454

Katy Tang Supervisor ThumbnailUnknonw

Katy Tang
District 4
(415) 554-7460 – Voice
(415) 554-7432 – Fax

London Breed Supervisor ThumbnailIn Favor

London Breed
District 5
(415) 554-7630 – Voice
(415) 554-7634 – Fax

Jane Kim Supervisor Thumbnail

In Favor

Jane Kim
District 6
(415) 554-7970 – Voice
(415) 554-7974 – Fax

Norman Yee Supervisor Thumbnail

District 7
(415) 554-6516 – Voice
(415) 554-6546 – Fax

Scott Wiener Supervisor Thumbnail

In Favor

Scott Wiener
District 8
(415) 554-6968 – Voice
(415) 554-6909 – Fax

David Campos Supervisor Thumbnail

In Favor

David Campos
District 9
(415) 554-5144 – voice
(415) 554-6255 – fax

Malia Cohen Supervisor Thumbnail


Malia Cohen
District 10
(415) 554-7670 – Voice
(415) 554-7674 – Fax

John Avalos Supervisor Thumbnail

In Favor

John Avalos
District 11
(415) 554-6975 – Voice
(415) 554-6979 – Fax


Ed Lee Photo Credit: By Mayor_Ed_Lee.jpg: Nancy Pelosi derivative work: Tktru (Mayor_Ed_Lee.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons