There are so many funny stories about San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection. But not funny-ha-ha. Here’s one. In 2013, a city politico couldn’t help but notice that the contractor […]
In an indicator of just how many fingers disgraced permit expediter, contractor and confessed federal criminal Walter Wong had in how many San Francisco pies, a settlement with him ratified […]
Walter Wong has agreed to pay the city $1.7M based on 10 tainted contracts he received. But, more significantly, the city’s most notorious permit expediter has agreed to get out of the game — under penalty of law.
Multiple sources have informed Mission Local that the “very senior San Francisco city official” comped along with ex-Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru for two New York City hotel rooms, each […]
So, there he was. That was Ismail “Izzy” Ramsey at Willie Brown’s side as Hizzoner made a presentation at a long conference table in a private room stocked with a […]
Real-estate maven Victor Makras, a man described as “tied into the inner sanctums of San Francisco politics,” was found guilty today of bank fraud and making false statements to a […]
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.
In a blow for those hoping to streamline, modernize and cleanse the Department of Building Inspection’s byzantine and hidebound permitting process, the director hired to oversee this move has abruptly […]
In a Grand Jury indictment, the United States Department of Justice today accused ousted Public Utilities Commission general manager Harlan Kelly and longtime San Francisco political fixture Victor Makras of […]
The future of on-street trash cans, in sweeping lines and gleaming chrome, has come to San Francisco. And that future is rather expensive. After almost four years of in-depth meetings, […]
The clouds swirling around Harlan Kelly finally let loose today as FBI agents raided his home before the U.S. Attorney’s office charged the Public Utilities Commission general manager in an […]
The office of the Controller today released the seventh of nine eventual reports on city dysfunction and corruption — and, this time, it was the Department of Building Inspection’s turn in […]
Alas. Los Angeles has bested San Francisco not only in baseball, but also in municipal corruption. Despite San Francisco’s promising start — the January, 2020, federal arrest and charging of ex-Public […]
It’s the Ides of March, 2021, and this is the state of corruption in San Francisco
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. […]