In May, United States Attorney Dave Anderson charged Rodrigo Santos with bank fraud relating to some $480,000 in clients’ money purportedly being deposited in Santos’ account. And hundreds of the prolific San Francisco engineer’s clients were left to frantically balance their checkbooks and figure out if they’d been ripped off. Including, it turns out, Anderson’s own […]
It was a few weeks ago back in August when the water, gradually then suddenly, came spurting through the brick wall in Bob Mason’s backyard. Even before this, the 73-year-old retired computer programmer had harbored his concerns about the ongoing construction and loud, incessant drilling taking place on just the other side of that wall. […]
The affidavit underlying the federal bank fraud charges leveled against former Building Inspection Commission president Rodrigo Santos last week methodically lists the 461 checks – totaling nearly $480,000 – he allegedly misdirected into his personal Bank of America account. The vast majority — 192 between January 2016 and March 2019 — were made out to […]
The US Attorney’s Office moments ago announced it has filed federal criminal bank fraud charges against Rodrigo Santos, a San Francisco structural engineer, onetime president of the Building Inspection Commission, and former City College trustee. Santos’ firm, Santos & Urrutia, was in 2018 sued by Dennis Herrera. The City Attorney alleged a scheme in which the […]
Checks allegedly altered from being paid to ‘DBI’ to ‘RODBIGO SANTOS’ A January 22 amendment was partially unsealed today, revealing that the City Attorney’s 2018 lawsuit against engineering firm Santos & Urrutia has been vastly expanded. The firm is run by CEO Albert Urrutia and CEO Rodrigo Santos. The latter was appointed to the Building […]
Mayor Ed Lee has appointed Rodrigo Santos, a structural engineer, to City College’s Board of Trustees, reports the Bay Guardian. Santos will fill the vacancy left by Milton Marks, who died Aug. 9 of complications from a brain tumor. According to the Guardian, Santos was not active in education issues before running for a seat […]
Legislators legislate. But legislation alone cannot solve this city’s problems — and, for this legislation to succeed, some of this city’s most hidebound and corrupt institutions will have to change their ways, and begin doing things that, truth be told, they could have done long ago.
San Francisco’s job posting boasts a top salary $12K higher than San Jose’s, despite far thinner requirements. You’d think building professionals would factor this into their decisions.
But they don’t. They can read between the lines.
In September, Mission Local reported on the strange and terrible saga of Bob Mason’s garden wall — which he feared might topple upon his 74-year-old wife. The wall had been imperiled by unwarranted construction on the neighboring lot overseen by notorious permit expediter and structural engineer Rodrigo Santos. Despite both federal and city charges alleging […]
San Francisco has spawned so many interconnected local and federal corruption probes that it’s beginning to feel a bit like Law & Order. The (ostensible) original has, by now, branched into half a dozen or more iterations, all unfolding in the same procedural style, all traveling similar arcs, and all populated by frequent crossover characters […]
The strange and terrible saga of Mohammed Nuru continued to unfold today, as Department of Justice and FBI officials announced charges against longtime city permit expediter and contractor Walter Wong. U.S. Attorney Dave Anderson announced that Wong has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money-laundering, and work with […]
A structural engineering company with a series of Mission projects under its belt is making plans to create a cinema school inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street, and then donate the newly constructed school to the City College of San Francisco. Rodrigo Santos, co-founder of Santos & Urrutia, says he is undertaking the […]
The structural engineering firm Santos & Urrutia has joined Mission Local as a business member. You may know one of the owners, Rodrigo Santos, who led us through the complexities of building in San Francisco. Readers liked the first interview so much, they asked for more. Own a business in the Mission and believe in […]
Rodrigo Santos, from Santos & Urrita Structural Engineers, had many great things to say during our last interview. Like any good discussion, Santos’ thoughts generated many other more technical questions that readers brought up. I returned to get his thoughts at 5:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, which was late since he begins his work […]