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Assemblymember David Chiu to Succeed Dennis Herrera as San Francisco City Attorney

Herrera will lead the SFPUC as General Manager starting Nov. 1.

Herrera statement on federal criminal charges filed against Recology

City Attorney Dennis Herrera

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 9, 2021) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued the following statement today after federal criminal charges were filed against Recology San Francisco, the contractor for the City’s waste and recycling collection:

“We are pleased that Recology is facing federal criminal consequences in addition to the remedies required by our civil settlement. Our own investigation of these defendants resulted in a settlement worth $100 million to San Francisco ratepayers. We commend the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for now holding Recology criminally accountable for the funds that it laundered through nonprofits for the benefit of Mohammad Nuru, and for adding enforcement tools to ensure that Recology complies with the terms our civil settlement. We will continue to root out corruption wherever we may find it, and we welcome the efforts of other law enforcement agencies as we each endeavor to ensure good, ethical government for the people of San Francisco.”

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Climate Change

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.

Sanctuary Cities

On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.

Gun Safety

Five online suppliers that had been flouting both state and San Francisco law by selling illegal large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in California have agreed to a wide-ranging injunction that compels them to follow the law. The settlement agreement improves safety in California communities and ensures that rogue companies comply with the law.

Affordable Housing

In efforts to combat the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken broad actions ranging from filing lawsuits against unscrupulous landowners like Academy of Art University to cracking down on affordable housing fraudsters.

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Accepting Internship Applications

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program is a unique and competitive educational offering that draws applicants from across the nation.  Participants are chosen based on their promise to emerge as leaders and difference-makers in government and public-interest law, and they work closely with mentors on a wide range of meaningful cases.

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Major Cases Map

Our new major cases map feature (still in beta) enables users to browse neighborhoods, navigate the city, and click on geo-tags for informational pop-ups about the City Attorney’s Office’s work there. Each pop-up  links to news releases to read more on the case. 

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Political activities

The City Attorney’s Office’s annual political activities memo offers a useful overview of basic rules that city officials and employees must follow if they choose to take part in activities for political campaigns.  There is also helpful guidance for commissions and departments.

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Good Government

Check out the extensive resources that the City Attorney’s Office offers to help ensure adherence to good government practices by city officials and employees. Most of these are also helpful for residents, to further their understanding of local law and government. There is also helpful guidance for commissions and departments.

About the Office

Learn why the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office has been honored by the American Bar Association for “outstanding excellence,” and praised as “one of the most aggressive and talented city law departments in the nation” by American Lawyer magazine.