The City and County of San Francisco is a consolidated city-county, a status it has had since 1856. It is the only such consolidation in California. The mayor is also the county executive and the county board of supervisors acts as the city council. Because of its unique status, it exercises jurisdiction over property that would otherwise be located outside of its corporation limit. San Francisco International Airport, though located in San Mateo County, is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco was also granted a perpetual leasehold over the Hetch Hetchy Valley and watershed in Yosemite National Park by the Raker Act in 1913.
Under the city charter, the government of San Francisco is constituted of two co-equal branches. The executive branch is headed by the mayor and includes other city-wide elected and appointed officials, and the civil service. The 11-member Board of Supervisors, the legislative branch, is headed by a President and is responsible for passing laws and budgets, though San Franciscans also make use of direct ballot initiatives to pass legislation. The members of the Board of Supervisors are elected as representatives of specific districts within the city. If the mayor dies or resigns, the President of the Board of Supervisors assumes the office, as Dianne Feinstein did after the assassination of George Moscone in 1978. The municipal budget in 2006 was greater than $5 billion.
The federal government utilizes San Francisco as the regional hub for many arms of the federal bureaucracy, including the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the United States Mint. Until decommissioning in the early 1990s, the city had three major military installations - the Presidio, Treasure Island, and Hunters Point - a legacy still reflected in the annual celebration of Fleet Week. The State of California uses San Francisco as the home of the state Supreme Court and other state agencies. Foreign governments have located in excess of thirty foreign consulates in San Francisco.
Mayor: Gavin Newsom
Board of SupervisorsEdit
Jake McGoldrick, District 1 (Richmond)
Michela Alioto-Pier, District 2 (Marina/Pacific Heights/Presidio)
Aaron Peskin, District 3 (Chinatown/North Beach/Nob Hill) (current president)
Ed Jew, District 4 (Sunset)
Ross Mirkarimi, District 5 (Haight/Western Addition/Inner Sunset)
Chris Daly, District 6 (Tenderloin/South of Market)
Sean Elsbernd, District 7 (Twin Peaks/Forest Hill/West Portal)
Bevan Dufty, District 8 (Castro/Noe Valley)
Tom Ammiano, District 9 (Mission/Bernal Heights)
Sophie Maxwell, District 10 (Portrero Hill/Hunter's Point/Visitacion Valley)
Gerardo Sandoval, District 11 (Excelsior/Ingleside)
- SFGov.org, official site of City and County of San Francisco
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