City Attorney says Ed Jew's proof is insufficient
Embattled Supervisor Ed Jew.
By Tamara Barak
June 12, 2007
San Francisco's city attorney claims Supervisor Ed Jew has not
responded adequately to the investigation
into whether the supervisor lives in the district he represents.
In correspondence sent to Jew's attorney today, City Attorney
Dennis Herrera claims Jew did not fully respond to the city's
request for documentation that would prove that the supervisor
lives at 2450 28th Ave. in the Sunset District.
Last week, Jew provided the city attorney's office tax returns
for 2005 but not for last year, he ignored requests for cable
and telephone bills and provided incomplete responses to requests
for homeowner's tax exemptions and renters tax credits, according
to the letter from Herrera to attorney Steven Gruel.
According to the city attorney, Gruel told Herrera that Jew was
unable to provide all the documentation requested because the
FBI seized some items during its search on Jew's properties last
The FBI's public corruption unit is reportedly investigating
$40,000 in cash Jew allegedly accepted from a group of businessmen
having permit problems. Jew denies wrongdoing.
Gruel was in court in Los Angeles today and was not available
for comment, a representative of his office said.
Herrera has given Jew a new deadline - this Friday - to provide
all documentation proving he lives in the Sunset District. The
city attorney has also asked for a copy of the search warrant
receipt from the FBI and a list of documents Jew believes were
taken by federal agents.
Herrera also claims Jew is willing to talk to the media but has
refused to be interviewed by city attorney's office investigators.
"If your client is able to make statements to the press
regarding the status of his residency, then we do not understand
why he is unwilling to make statements on the record to this office,"
Herrera wrote to Gruel.
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