The mayor of San Francisco admits that she had an affair with former homeless people who are now charged with corruption
The mayor of San Francisco has admitted having had an affair and receiving thousands of dollars of unreported gifts from the disgraced former homeless commissioner who is now at the center of an FBI corruption probe for accepting a bribe.
Mayor London Breed admitted Friday to go out briefly with Mohammed Nuru, the former Director of Public Works of San Francisco, about 20 years ago, which led to calls for her resignation from the city’s top job.
Nuru, 58, resigned earlier this week after he was arrested and charged by the FBI in January for a series of alleged public corruption programs.
The man known as “Mr. Clean,” who had to clean up the streets of San Francisco and deal with the homeless crisis, was accused of a count of wire fraud for allegedly trying to bribe an airport commissioner to bid for a restaurant contract to win at San Francisco International Airport.
Mayor London Breed (above) admitted Friday to go out briefly with Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco’s former director of public works, about 20 years ago, which led to calls for her to be released from the city’s top job
Nuru, 58, (above) resigned earlier this week after he was arrested in January and charged with a series of alleged public corruption plans by the FBI
Mayor Breed, 45, is now embroiled in the scandal that shook San Francisco awake when she posted a tweet on Friday with a link to a Medium.com message where she reveals the nature of her relationship with Nuru and admits that she has “gifts” from has accepted him.
Breed said their romantic relationship was “two decades ago,” but the couple “remained good friends.”
‘I write this in the spirit of transparency, because after a scandal in the town hall, I think San Franciscans have the right to hear directly from their mayor. And, frankly, to dispel some unfortunate rumors that have already begun to circulate, “she wrote in the post.
‘Mohammed Nuru and I have been good personal friends for over 20 years. We went out for a short time, two decades ago, long before I ever went to the office. Yet he and his now grown-up daughters have remained good friends all these years. “
She also admitted that she accepted a $ 5,600 “gift” from Nuru last year when he paid to repair her car.
Breed said that disclosure of this payment is not required by law, but she did it to be transparent.
Mayor Breed, 45, is now embroiled in the scandal that shook San Francisco when she posted a tweet on Friday (above) to a message on Medium.com where she reveals the nature of her relationship with Nuru and admits that she is “gifts” has accepted from him
Breed accepted the resignation of Nuru earlier this week
“And in the spirit of my directive to make workers in the city as transparent as possible, I would like to point out that in my annual” Declaration of Economic Interests “, which will be published this April 1, I will voluntarily make a” gift “of approximately $ 5,600 reveal Mohammed Nuru, “she wrote.
“Last year my personal car broke down and Mohammed, who acted as my friend, took it to a private car mechanic … Later, when the car was still not working, he helped secure a rent. The estimated value of those things is around $ 5,600. It was my intention to sell the car (which is still inconsistent even after the repairs) and to compensate Mohammed.
“Gifts provided” by a person with whom the official has a long-term, close personal friendship that is not related to the position of the official do not have to be reported under the rules of the Fair Political Practices Commission. But because I have not been able to sell the car yet – and in view of everything that has happened now – I have opted to do this voluntary disclosure. “
The mayor spoke of her “shock, sadness, disappointment, and anger” when hearing the allegations against her old friend.
She denies any knowledge of the alleged corrupt schemes from Nuru until just before they were made public.
“Just to be clear: I never asked Mohammed Nuru to do something inappropriate, and he never asked me to do something inappropriate,” she wrote.
Nuru, 58, (right) and Nick Bovis, 56, (left), a well-known local restaurant manager, have been accused of attempting to bribe an airport commissioner to win a bid for a restaurant contract at San Francisco International Airport
She condemned the alleged corruption and wrote that if the allegations are true, Nuru’s actions “mark a betrayal of public trust that penetrates to the core of our mission.”
Breed added: “I will not apologize for dating anyone two decades ago. I do not apologize for remaining close friends with him and his family for another 20 years. But I will not apologize for misconduct either. “
Breed’s shock announcement came as it had previously been shown that she had done received a gift from the second man involved in the scandal, Nick Bovis, 56, a well-known local restaurant manager on her way to her mayor campaign in 2018.
The latest revelations have led Breed to withdraw from her role as mayor, with supervisor Gordon Mar saying her acceptance of “unreported gifts” is “probably illegal, certainly unethical.”
“Mayor Breed’s admission of thousands of dollars in unreported gifts from a subordinate is probably illegal, certainly unethical, and is part of a culture of informal corruption that undermines the belief of the public,” Mar said in a statement.
“Given the seriousness of this confession, the direct connection with the central figure in the FBI investigation into public corruption, I believe we should put the San Francisco people first. I believe that Mayor Breed should do the right thing and temporarily give up her duties until a full, independent investigation can be completed. ”
Supervisor Dean Preston said he was “deeply concerned” about the revelations and called on the mayor to appear before the Board of Supervisors.
“I am deeply concerned about revelations today that Mayor London Breed has violated San Francisco law by taking thousands of dollars in gifts from a subordinate town hall,” he tweeted.
Nuru was responsible for keeping the city of San Francisco clean, including cleaning up trash, removing vandalism, repairing sidewalks and tackling the city’s homeless crisis, as director of public works.
The scandal occurred last month when he and Bovis were arrested after an FBI investigation allegedly exposed a “web of corruption.”
The FBI has been investigating Nuru and Bovis since 2018 via telephone taps and undercover officers.
The main alleged corruption discovered was an attempt to bribe an unnamed SFO commissioner in exchange for a restaurant contract at the airport.
According to officials, Nuru and Bovis said they would give the commissioner $ 5,000 and free travel in exchange for her vote to approve a contract for Bovis’ restaurant Spinnerie.
According to the complaint, the Commissioner has rejected the bribe.
Nuru (above) was arrested and released for the first time on the condition that he would cooperate in the FBI investigation and would not tamper or disclose the investigation. He was arrested on January 27 after breaking the conditions
Bovis (above) is a well-known local restaurant manager and donor of the mayor campaign of Mayor London Breed 2018
In recorded conversations between Bovis and an FBI undercover officer, the complaint shows that Bovis became suspicious that the FBI might be investigating the couple.
“Well, in my head, what if this is some sort of FBI stab or something?” Bovis reportedly said.
Four other allegations of corruption are still being investigated, the authorities said.
It includes one that Nuru Bovis is believed to have provided insider information to bid on contracts for the provision of mobile homes and toilets for the homeless in the city.
The officer was arrested again on January 27 after violating the conditions by making the probe known to others.
He was charged with an additional count of false statements.
“The complaint describes a web of corruption with bribery, bribes and additional payments by one of San Francisco’s top city officials,” said David Anderson, North American district attorney’s attorney at a press conference at the time of their arrests.
Nuru (above) who called himself “Mr. Clean” was placed on leave at the Public Works and resigned from the position on Monday
Variety issued a statement at the time of the arrest of Nuru and said that the allegations were “extremely serious” and that the city attorney would “conduct a thorough assessment of all relevant city contracts or other decisions.”
Nuru was placed on public works leave and resigned from the position on Monday.
Breed announced on Monday that she had accepted his resignation.
The arrest of Nuru is the latest in a series of scandals and allegations of corruption to hit the official.
In 2004, before entering the public office, it turned out that his non-profit organization forced the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners employees to support the campaigns of then Mayor Gavin Newsom and former prosecutor Kamala Harris.
The public prosecutor also accused the organization of unreliable accounting practices and improper use of city grants.
In 2011, Nuru was accused of sexism and racism against black women in a lawsuit in the workplace. A settlement was reached before the case went to court.
If convicted of the FBI probe, Nuru and Bovis can receive up to 20 years in prison.
The so-called Mr Clean has difficulty cleaning up San Francisco, with waste, used needles and human stools a major problem