Under city charter, there must be a public notification at least 36 hours before a regular board meeting and 18 hours before a special meeting. It is unclear why that did not happen.
There were several hot button items to be voted on Tuesday, including a proposal by Supervisor John Avalos to charge a fee on alcohol. Also up for a vote was the future of the CityPlace project, which developers plan for the sketchy mid-Market Street corridor. The board was also supposed to discuss whether pet store chains should be allowed to open in a neighborhood with small mom and pop pet stores.
The snafu happened because an e-mail to the newspaper did not go through and somebody in the clerk of the board's office failed to follow up on the notice.