Newsom awaits City Attorney report on Ed Jew
Jew admits to taking $40,000 in cash
Supervisor Ed Jew and Mayor Gavin Newsom. File photo. 2/2/6
By Emmett Berg
July 10, 2007
Mayor Gavin Newsom's office is awaiting word from City Attorney
Dennis Herrera on whether Supervisor Ed Jew's statement that he
accepted cash from constituents is enough to be ousted from power.
A spokesman for the mayor, David Miree, said today that Newsom
was seeking legal guidance on whether Jew admitting to taking
$40,000 in cash from business owners seeking permit help was "tantamount
to official misconduct."
Such a finding would allow the mayor to suspend Jew and begin
a process of ousting him permanently from his seat on the 11-memmber
Board of Supervisors.
That action could take place even before criminal charges filed
against the recently elected supervisor played out in a court
Jew is scheduled for an initial court appearance July 16 on nine
felony charges related to questions over whether Jew truly lives
inside the district he represents, and whether he misrepresented
his residence in candidate nominating documents.
A few months after he was elected to represent the Sunset District
last fall, Jew became
a target of a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation.
According to reports, federal agents provided cash in marked
bills to owners of restaurants in the Sunset District, who met
with Jew in June on the topic of securing city permits.
The supervisor has denied wrongdoing and said he referred the
business owners to a consultant who could help in the permitting
However, half of the money was later found in Jew's safe, according
to reports. No charges have been filed in the federal investigation.
No one from Herrera's office was available to say when the requested
opinion might be delivered to the mayor.
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