City Attorney issues 14 more subpoenas in widening public corruption investigation

City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Developer, permit expediter and investment group among companies that must turn over records in investigation tied to former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 27, 2020) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he has issued 14 more subpoenas as part of a joint public corruption investigation with City Controller Ben Rosenfield.

The investigation is looking into a variety of possible legal or policy violations, including improper gifts to City officials or employees and whether companies with City contracts funneled money through nonprofits to fund City programs and events, like Public Works holiday parties. In coordination with the Controller’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office launched the probe upon learning of a federal criminal investigation that has led to charges against then-Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and San Francisco restaurateur Nick Bovis. [Read more]


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Public Hearing Regarding City Attorney’s Office Budget for Fiscal Years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022

On February 7, 2020 at 9 a.m., the City Attorney’s Office will hold a public hearing at Room 234, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place to receive public input regarding the City Attorney’s Office’s proposed budget for the next two upcoming fiscal years. All members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing. Any person who attends will have the opportunity to provide two minutes of oral public comments on the proposed budget. Any member of the public may also provide written comments to the City Attorney’s Office before, during, or after the hearing. Written materials related to the City Attorney’s Office’s proposed budget are available at this link and in Room 234, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, during regular business hours.

After concluding the hearing, the City Attorney’s Office will finalize its proposed budget and submit it to the Controller’s Office. The Controller will review the proposed budget and transmit it to the Mayor. By June 1, the Mayor will send the Board of Supervisors a complete budget for City agencies, including the City Attorney’s Office. The Board of Supervisors will hold additional public hearings on the proposed City budget in June, with additional opportunities for public comment, before adopting a final budget by August 1.


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