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Steve Kawa, Mayor Ed Lee’s chief of staff and longtime City Hall power broker, to retire

May 28, 2017

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

City Hall photos by Zrants

Lot’s of retiring going on at City Hall this week. Many are wondering why and what this will mean to the continuing reign of Ed Lee.

The man who has acted as City Hall’s most influential behind-the-scenes power broker for three consecutive San Francisco mayors is stepping down from his post at the end of June.

The retirement of Steve Kawa, 55, often referred to as the shadow mayor, was officially announced by Mayor Ed Lee in an email to his staffers on Thursday afternoon…

Named as Kawa’s successor is Jason Elliott, who has been serving as the mayor’s deputy chief of staff. Elliott first joined the Mayor’s Office in 2009 as Newsom’s policy advisor, after working for Newsom’s failed campaign for governor, and stayed on to work in Lee’s administration.

For the Lee administration, Kawa marks the latest high-ranking staffer to call it quits as the mayor, who was re-elected in November 2015, is serving out his final years in office. The next mayor elected in 2019 will likely bring in his or her own team.

Olson Lee, the Mayor’s Office of Housing director, announced his retirement effective June 1 last week. In April, one of Lee’s top advisors, Tony Winnicker, resigned from the administration…

Many on Thursday were left wondering what the loss of the powerful captain of the political ship, who applied considerable pressure on members of the Board of Supervisors, will mean.

Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the Mission, said that with no longer having the “man behind the mayor for decades” at City Hall, “San Francisco right now is at a crossroads and I think a new direction is exactly what we need.”… (more)

It will be interesting to see how the power shifts at City Hall as the change “they” keep telling us is inevitable comes to them. Let’s see how they handle it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 28, 2017 10:09 pm

    Reblogged this on SF Public Transit Solutions and commented:

    Changes coming soon…


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