Ethics Commission to hold preliminary hearing
regarding Jew suspension
Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix will hold
a preliminary hearing this month to set up ground rules and procedures
for a public hearing regarding Supervisor Ed Jew's suspension
By Caitlin Cassady
October 4, 2007
A preliminary hearing will be held this month by the San Francisco
Ethics Commission to set up procedures for a public hearing regarding
the suspension of Supervisor Ed Jew.
Independent counsel is being lined up for the commission, said
John St. Croix, the group's executive director. Once counselors
have been retained, a preliminary hearing will take place.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is representing San Francisco Mayor
Gavin Newsom in matters regarding Jew, so independent counsel
is required to avoid charges of conflict of interest, St. Croix
The preliminary hearing will be held to decide on the exact procedures
to be taken during the public hearing, St. Croix said. Because
the commission has never had to hold such a hearing there is no
definitive procedure to follow.
Once the preliminary hearing has taken place, a public hearing
will be held by the commission, which will decide whether they
believe Jew's suspension should become permanent, or whether they
think he should be restored as supervisor of District 4.
A transcript of the public hearing will then be given to the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which will then have 30 days
to act upon the recommendation, St. Croix said. If the supervisors
don't vote on the recommendation within 30 days Jew will automatically
be restored to his post.
Jew has pled not guilty to the nine felony charges he is facing
in connection with alleged violations of the city elections code.
There is a question of whether Jew actually lives in the district
that he represents and whether he misrepresented his residence
in candidate nominating documents to run for office.
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