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About the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors for San Francisco is the legislative branch of the City and County of San Francisco. The Board consists of 11 members. Each member is elected on a non-partisan basis from a district where he or she lives. The Board of Supervisors acts like a city council for all 896k residents of San Francisco and oversees SF’s $12 Billion yearly budget.

Many SF residents are not aware of what the Board of Supervisors do. Here's a little summary. A District Supervisor does the following:

  • Passes legislation, such as ordinances and resolutions
  • Approves major infrastructure projects, such as construction of roads and bridges and the expansion of public transportation
  • Oversees elections along with the County Recorder 
  • Oversees law enforcement along with the Sheriff
  • Oversees issuance for construction permits, business licenses, etc  
  • Control budgets of city departments
  • Forms committees that oversee government audit, public safety, neighborhood services, city’s schools, and more.

About District 3

Spencer Simonsen is running to serve in Supervisorial District 3, which includes North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, North Waterfront, Financial District, Nob Hill, Union Square, Maiden Lane, and part of Russian Hill