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City: We’d like to sue Jew

By Aaron Kinney
Friday, June 22nd, 2007 at 10:41 am in Uncategorized.

It was another bad week for Burlingame/San Francisco resident and battered first-year San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew.

Last week, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris filed nine felony charges against him, alleging that he made false claims regarding his residency when filling out voter and campaign forms and applying for a driver’s license. He turned himself in to authorities June 12 and posted bail.

(Question: If you’re fighting allegations that you don’t live at your home in San Francisco, why would you turn yourself in to police in Burlingame, where you’ve admitted to living at least part-time?)

On Monday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera released the results of his investigation into Jew’s residency claims and wrote state Attorney General Jerry Brown to ask for permission to sue the supervisor “in quo warranto” and remove him from office.

Showing that he too knows a little something about bombast, Herrera declared the question of Jew’s residency to be “a crisis in governmental legitimacy that is unprecedented in San Francisco’s modern history” and stated that “the integrity of (San Francisco’s) representative democracy hang(s) in the balance.”

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, when asked about Jew, said the city attorney’s assessment was “damning” and urged Jew to step forward and prove that that he lives at a house owned by his father at 2450 28th Ave. in the Sunset District.

“It seems like an easy thing to prove,” the Chronicle reported Newsom as saying.

Newsom is right: The city attorney’s report doesn’t look good for Jew. It goes beyond the findings made public by the district attorney’s office, seemingly pinning the besieged politician beneath an avalanche of evidence.

Like the district attorney’s affidavit, the city attorney’s report includes statements from neighbors who regarded the home as vacant and water bills that showed minimal usage in 2006 and 2007.

But the report also shows that there was no record of garbage being collected there from June 2003 to May 2007; gas and electricity bills were minimal in 2006 and 2007; Jew never had phone or cable/satellite television service there; and the interior was devoid of furniture.

In other words, if Jew did reside there, he was roughing it.

The investigation “has not revealed a single record indicating that Mr. Jew or his wife ever resided at 2450 28th Ave.,” according to the statement of facts the city attorney’s office prepared for the attorney general.

Jew has yet to offer a definitive account of where he and his family spend their time, other than to say he divides his time between San Francisco and Burlingame and his wife and daughter spend a lot of time on the Peninsula so as to be near his wife’s family.

But where do they sleep? Where are the beds?

“Mr. Jew has never explicitly declared where his wife and daughter reside,” the city attorney noted in the statement of facts. The report called Jew’s public statements about where he resides “vague and inconsistent” and noted that the city attorney never got a “clear statement about where Mr. Jew and his family spent their nights and kept their family belongings.”

Will we ever learn where Jew’s nomadic tribe sets up camp at dusk? We’re starting to lose sleep over this.

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