Structural engineers endangered the public to game San Francisco’s permit system using deception, insider knowledge and forged documents
SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 20, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he has filed a civil suit against construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia Associates Inc., its principals, and several clients and contractors over an elaborate fraud scheme involving excavating under three San Francisco homes without permits.
The scheme was designed to give the company a competitive advantage on cost and speed while circumventing required oversight, which violated a host of state and local laws. It also jeopardized the safety of construction workers, residents of nearby homes and the general public, according to the lawsuit filed today in San Francisco Superior Court. The illegal work undermined the foundations of at least three neighboring homes. [Read more]
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.
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.
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.
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