Friday’s Mayor of San Francisco London Breed admits to having attended Mohammed Nuru 20 years ago.
Nuru, who resigned from his post as San Francisco public works director earlier this week, is at the center of a public corruption investigation.
“The past two weeks have been difficult for our city,” Breed wrote in a tweet. “We must continue to hold ourselves accountable and work to restore public trust. That’s why I want to be transparent and share this information directly with the public.”
He breeds in his tweet linked to a Medium.com post where he outlines his relationship with Nuru.
The mayor of San Francisco London Breed admitted that he had already attended Mohammed Nuru 20 years ago. Nuru, who resigned from his post as San Francisco public works director earlier this week, is at the center of a public corruption investigation.
On Friday, several supervisors commented on Breed’s past relationship with Nuru. The prime minister said Breed made a mistake and is up to it, but another supervisor said the mayor has broken an ethical law and should step down.
“I consider many legislative aides my friend, I never thought it would be acceptable to ask them to spend $ 6,000 to repair my car,” said supervisor Hillary Ronen.
Ronen refers to Breed by revealing that she recently received a gift from Nuru. The mayor said his 18-year-old car broke down and Nuru took it to a private mechanic who fixed it. Nuru also helped her get a rental car. The breed said the value of those favors was around $ 5,600.
Ronen said Breed broke an ethical law by accepting a gift from her direct subordinate – and even worse, one who is now facing federal corruption charges and lying to the FBI.
“I’m just asking you to do the right thing and step down,” said Ronen.
The breed said it did nothing wrong because the help of $ 5,600 with its car is not a gift he had to report under the city’s ethical laws.
Friday’s announcement comes a few days after city attorney Dennis Herrera issued investigative quotes to obtain documents on the contributions of major corporations that have commercial relationships with the city. The lawsuits were addressed to five private companies and three non-profit organizations from San Francisco, including one created by Nick Bovis, a businessman and key figure in the corruption scandal surrounding the city’s public works department.
Nuru has been accused of corruption and lying to the FBI at the federal level. Bovis is accused of attempting to give a $ 5,000 bribe to an airport commissioner to obtain a lucrative airport concession contract.
Federal authorities say Bovis obtained inside information from Nuru to help him bid on a contract to provide portable public toilets. The city’s corruption investigation identified a $ 171,000 DPW contract with SMTM Technology LLC, a Bovis-related company.
Last week, the city terminated the contract for not meeting deadlines and no payments were made under it, according to the prosecutor’s office. The city is also investigating other city contracts based on the descriptions provided by the alleged participants in the federal complaint.
More coverage of the public corruption probe is available here.