Interesting piece at Beyond Chron about local campaign consultants’ involvement in the LA mayor’s race. … In the Body Politic today, some background on the supervisor who’s got a lock on the next board presidency, and the scoop on who’s sending Chris Daly flowers. …

Supervisor-elect Ross Mirkarimi says he’s surprised by the worldwide reaction to a Department of Environment proposal to flat-tax plastic bags to reduce waste. He’s received e-mails from Britain and Australia, and requests for radio interviews on the plan with stations in New York and L.A. (he’s letting the department do the talking for now). Mirkarimi, who told the Chronicle he might be interested in carrying the legislation at the board, said the concept needs work, but the goal of weaning shoppers off plastic is a worthy one. “It needs to be worked out,” he said. “[A 17-cent per bag tax] is regressive, but it goes in the right direction.” …

It’s interesting that a lot of the media coverage and outside observations of the Chris Daly censure measure have focused on his use of profanity. Supervisor Daly has used profanity in public meetings before, as has at least one other supervisor. Daly’s physical style, and the crossing of the rail barrier into the audience at the Nov. 8 finance committee hearing seemed to be the biggest issue for his colleague, Michela Alioto-Pier. There would be many censure motions if language was the issue. More on Tuesday. …

There has been much confusion about the procedure for today’s censure vote. Because it’s a motion that deals with the internal board rules, it takes six votes to pass, six votes to table, and six votes to send to committee. And that’s why it likely gets and up or down vote today. …

The Chris Daly censure is really a pivotal issue for the choosing of the next board president. Under Matt Gonzalez, a staunch ally of Daly, supervisors have taken to having dialogue with the public, creating an atmosphere of true public hearings but also an air of chaos when crowds become unruly. … Bevan Dufty put in a pitch for how hearings could be run: “loving place, loving place,” he soothed when a hearing on elephants last week got ugly. …

Chris Daly in a Monday entreaty to colleagues included a rebuttal to a letter in Michela Alioto-Pier’sA Case For Censure,” which she distributed to supervisors last week (more in Tuesday’s paper). In that packet, a letter from homeowner Peter Scott, who attended the controversial hearing, urged censure. … “Please sit him down and teach him how to deal politely with others,” Scott wrote. … But Daly on Monday provided a transcript of an earlier message from Scott to his office in which Scott apologized for the “mob mentality” of the crowd at the hearing and affirmed his support for Daly and the supervisor’s efforts to protect housing. … Reached late Monday afternoon, Scott said he was embarrassed to have taken both sides. … “His behavior was really bad,” Scott said. “Later on I thought, ‘How does it feel to have a whole room booing and hissing you?’ If that was typical behavior [by Daly] I’d say censure, if it was aberrant, I’d say not.” …