I don’t why, and it doesn’t really matter, we elect the Mayor of San Francisco one year ahead of the U.S. President. But check it, here’s the Wiki:
So, what we have is a situation where it’s likely that future Mayors looking at higher offices will leave a year early, since they get elected a year early.
Just like our current situation.
Why don’t we decide to give an extra year to some Mayor of the Future? Like if you get elected in November 2011 then you’ll take office in January 2012, but you’ll get to stay in office until January 2017 or 2021 if you win reelection. That way when you run for President and win, you’ll have a nice clean exit and the City you just vacated will be back on track in perpetuity.
Artist’s conception of former Mayor Willie Brown bypassing election and zip-lining past Fox Plaza and into Room 200 come 2011:
Wouldn’t it be better to elect our mayors instead of setting up a situation where there’s a good chance they’ll just be appointed instead?