Government Center

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 03/8/21

The city of San Francisco became incorporated on April 15, 1850. Today, the city is governed by the mayor, with the help of the Board of Supervisors. Whether you have been a lifelong San Francisco resident or are new to the area, you may be interested to know how the city’s government works. These sites below will tell you the who, what, where, when, and why of San Francisco’s government center.

The Office of the Mayor

The mayor’s office is located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The Mayor of San Francisco is responsible for enforcing city laws, preparing the city’s budget, coordinating city departments, and setting forth agendas and policies to the Board of Supervisors. Learn more about the current mayor, recent press releases, and the city’s current priorities on the website for the Office of the Mayor.

The Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors is made up of 11 members, who act as a city council and a board of supervisors. They are responsible for the passing of laws and budgets proposed by the mayor. Members of the board are elected as representatives of certain districts in San Francisco. The board is headed by a President. Learn more about the current members, their goals, and their processes on the Board of Supervisors’ website.

The Superior Court of San Francisco

The Superior Court of San Francisco maintains jurisdiction over both the City and County of San Francisco. One presiding judge and 52 others oversee various civil and criminal cases in San Francisco. Learn more on the Superior Court of San Francisco’s website.

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