City Controller To Audit
Treasure Island Funds
Treasure Island Development Authority executive director Tony
Hall charges smokescreen.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Treasure Island bank accounts allegedly established without City
Controller knowledge will be audited by the City Controller, the
Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) board of directors
City Controller Ed Harrington raised the issue September 14 in
a letter to TIDA executive Director Tony Hall, citing anonymous
tip of $173,000 deposited earlier this year in accounts Harrington
said he had no knowledge.
In response, Hall yesterday continued
to maintain notice of accounts was posted in the city's online
accounting log, and questioned Harrington's impartiality in conducting
Going further, Hall suggested TIDA board member Jesse Blout was
the anonymous tipster. Blout denied the charge.
Two issues, viewed differently by Hall and the board, are involved
in the confrontation.
Hall has exerted independence from city administration under
authority TIDA holds as a state agency created separate from the
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
Tony Hall confers with TIDA executive Director Frank Gallagher
Although a separate entity, TIDA board members are appointed
by the mayor and the San Francisco Board of supervisors.
City administration and Hall's office are at odds over Treasure
Island development plans, and developer responsibility.
Hall last week described the charge of fiscal mismanagement as
a smokescreen to deflect attention from development plans. Hall
pointed out he received Harrington's letter 30 minutes before
the TIDA board was scheduled to hear Hall's review of that contractor.
The second perspective, held by city administration, focuses
on city oversight of TIDA funds.
Harrington, the City Attorney, and the mayor's office all deny
Hall's charge that they were given information adequate for city
TIDA board member Jared Blumenfeld suggested Hall's response
diminishes trust needed from outside developers.
After policy is adopted, the board and its executive director
should move collaboratively to implement that policy, Blumenfeld