Overheard in Fog City
Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal publisher.
Photo by Adam Aufdencamp
February 16, 2007
Room 200 abuse of the public trust at the expense of San Francisco
Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the now infamous
adulterer, came and went at the pleasure of the mayor in more
ways than one, according to a confidential source.
Photo by Luke
Rippey-Tourk, who worked in Room 200 as an appointments secretary,
routinely excused her absences under cover of paid
sick days, absences she never recorded as required by law.
"Everyone knew it," the source said. "It was disgusting.
You could do nothing about it because she was married to the deputy
chief of staff."
"If you could complain, to whom could you complain?"
The source also says Rippey-Tourk was "incompetent and left
everything to the last minute," bungling commission appointments,
creating tension among staff members who were finding it increasingly
difficult to do their jobs, and creating embarrassing situations
for the Newsom administration.
Despite her incompetence, Room 200 staffers were instructed to
report directly to Rippey-Tourk.
"Alex Tourk said all assistants, schedulers, receptionists
all had to report to Ruby. It was a joke because she was never
Shortly thereafter, the Room 200 copier room was transformed
into an office for Rippey-Tourk.
"The copy room was turned into her private office. Building
managers revamped it into an office, just for her."
We are left with begging questions: How much of our tax payer
money did Ruby 'Ripoff' Tourk pocket at the pleasure of the mayor
and San Francisco tax payers, and who else was complicit in turning
a blind eye and enabling the heist?