OPEN GOVERNMENT -- One advantage of having an elected city attorney is the opportunity to tell him or her what improvements are expected at re-election time, such as in this op ed piece in SanFranciscoObserver.com, complaining about the lack of force in the city's sunshine ordinance:

Our public-records laws are broken. When we need information from the
City, it’s far from certain that we will get it. Many citizens are
learning the hard way that the law may be on their side, but
enforcement has been left to the good faith efforts of the Ethics
Commission. The commission, relying on advice from the City Attorney,
has dismissed every alleged violation since San Francisco voters passed
Prop G (Sunshine) in 1999 by a 16 point margin. In truth, the
enforcement of the law is based on decisions made behind the City
Attorney’s closed doors. (More)