But these complaints do add up. And just a wee bit elder. Required fields are marked *, {{#message}}{{{message}}}{{/message}}{{^message}}Your submission failed. We paid that also. Almost all city staff on a paid one year break now “because of Covid”, with no pay cuts, no layoffs, while hundreds of businesses have gone under. “He is def going to want a meeting table capable of supporting six people in his office,” reads an email note. The left once again denied fair and healthy debate and threatened cancel culture on a fair and well run business. The cube-dwellers given the grand tour of Mohammed’s Penthouse, by the way, are less thrilled with their own meager accommodations. But the brazenness of the alleged scheme to hike up garbage rates surprised even him. In Feb., Mission Local raised nearly $5000 from new donors (Thank you! An arrogant entitled slob wasted taxpayer time and resources and somehow he is boosted. The server responded with {{status_text}} (code {{status_code}}). Gov. Negotiations for exchanges of public entitlements for other purposes needs to happen above board, on the record, and subject to review, not in secret, behind closed doors and ethically conflicted, self-serving. And they love crazy money grabs as much as anyone. I’m still having him help me with [one project], but other than those two, we’re limiting the damage…”). Down in the pig mine? Mau-Mauing the flak-catchers, Wolfe would reply. This unscripted announcement seemed to please his top lieutenants who were standing alongside him; one spontaneously clapped her hands upon hearing it. Thank you for your work. The scenario being painted here is clear. Now 92, Kopp remembers exactly who promised him campaign funds — but backed out — or pledged political support — but jumped ship. You have a problem with the SF political machine, but there is no evidence that Recology is rife with corruption. still around. San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru speaks to reporters during an event at the Transbay Terminal on Jan. 22, 2020. Steve Bullock stand behind him. Mohammed Nuru, the Director of the Department, was arrested by the FBI in January 2020 under … As far as I recall, June 2012’s Prop A was poorly written and that’s why it wasn’t supported. But you’re really a cry. At another point, his aides seemed to conspire to mitigate their boss’ more extravagant tastes. Nuru, who had no problems leaning on his City Hall connections to bulldoze even his ostensible equals, was surrounded by pliant Public Works deputies. imangine having to properly remove all of s f waste an deal with recycling, politics, policy, an the public. And he had no problems rolling over his less bellicose and less connected equals like a large boulder. whenever i get in trouble i say i was a garbageman an they let me go. 3 of 4 Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, center, gestures as he leaves a federal courthouse with attorney Ismail Ramsey, right, in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. On a field trip one afternoon, two teachers and I discussed that issue while watching the students at a neighborhood park. But that it was an outside agency that took aim at this city’s culture of casual corruption looms large. Why are we paying taxes for nothing in return? We need auditing of EVERY City department and EVERY non-profit that is fulfilling a City function. But not enough to run a robust campaign. Shouldn’t you be with your staff? Most members of the “progressive” nonprofit cartels operate under the same principle: go short on reforming the ravages of capitalism and long on making a cottage industry out of taking public funding to try to mitigate some slim fraction of the impacts or, with behests, sign onto more damage. I would be knock-me-over-with-a-feather surprised.”. It remains to be seen if he will change the system that was created to serve another man’s needs. It has some political friends — both the county Democratic and Republican parties opposed Prop. For years. A lost in a landslide; some 77 percent of San Francisans voted to preserve a monopoly and stave off competitive bidding. A onto the ballot. It’s one of the best waste disposal companies in the country, it’s cheap for the Bay Area and they take really good care of their employees. Boy, you sure seem to have gotten the point. Other than satiating Nuru’s desire for that topmost floor, there’s no obvious rationale for laying out a building this way. That’s a snippet from a June 2019 email penned by one of Nuru’s employees tasked with overseeing the layout and decor in his penthouse-to-be. By 2016, the building’s layout looked pretty much the way Nuru wanted it to look. the public. Not feeling the voyeuristic pull of this redundant article. Keep ’em coming. Before joining Public Works, he served the city through his years-long service at a nonprofit. The shoe that dropped last week was the charging of a former community relations manager at Recology, San Francisco’s waste management provider. There has to be some reason why this enormous nonprofit apparatus is maintained, as delivering positive outcomes in their stated area of practice can’t be one of them. San Franciscans liked the thought of that. It will soon house workers from Public Works, the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, and several other permit-granting city agencies. Prop. That’s because, when the layout here was years ago initially proposed by city experts and outside architects and consultants, there was no “executive floor” on the top, and the departments within were contiguous and “self-contained.”. Keeping local journalism alive is so simple —, Attention regular readers! Seriously, you talk to people on the street every day, how can you not know this. 20160805 1500Mission StackingStudy Draft by Joe Eskenazi on Scribd, Earlier designs for 49 S. Van Ness did not all have an ‘executive floor.’, soooooo don’t think he’s going to go for the lounge based meeting. h. brown, that poetry is a section of the lyrics from the Pink Floyd song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, from the 1977 album “Animals”. But this was still a frustrating hearing. Additional Resources. While many of the city workers here will be crammed into small spaces in open-layout cubicle plans, Nuru procured himself a top-floor corner office befitting a Mad Men–style CEO. Demanded, more like. He, it. San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, along with Nick Bovis, the owner of Lefty O’ … As usual, a well written and interesting article Joe. The charges are part of a widening public corruption scandal in San Francisco. We could probably make do with a lot less public-sector employees. Agree that the City should run garbage collection- it’s a public utility and should be municipalized! Kelly is the latest defendant named in the growing scandal that began in January with charges against ex-Public Works head Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis. Everybody was so on board with our native POC native daughter running for Mayor . The roughly $1 million, meanwhile, that Recology put at Nuru’s disposal via those slush funds was allegedly spent on “deejay services, hats, t-shirts and other merchandise, Bay to Breakers entry fees for DPW employees, funeral-related expenses, and thousands of dollars to cover the costs of food and other vendors for DPW events, including photo booths, a chocolate dessert fountain, holiday quartets, and specialty lighting for the annual DPW holiday parties” — as well as emergency booze runs for those parties. He had strong opinions about the quality of his office.”. Pig stain on your fat chin You’re nearly a laugh The man, like the office he demanded and received before losing it, provides a clear view of San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The head of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission, which oversees millions of dollars in city contracts, was charged with bribery Monday in an ongoing federal probe of corruption.General Manager Harlan Kelly was indicted for honest services wire fraud for allegedly accepting meals, cash and other gifts from a San Francisco construction company in And Mohammed, in response, referred to his skin color, by touching his skin, and said something akin to….we are going to make some changes. Your email address will not be published. The pair have a longstanding relationship, with Nuru … The server responded with {{status_text}} (code {{status_code}}). it is what in the end lead to the failure of the USSR, the GDR, etc.. Not that SF and Cal politicians are commies, they are certainly not, but the structure is almost identical. Learn More{{/message}}. [Non-Profit C’s Executive Director] says he’s only allowed to do manual labor. And your office is important.”. Whereas the novella focuses on Stalinism, the album is a critique of capitalism and differs again in that the sheep eventually rise up to overpower the dogs.The album was developed from a collection of unrelated songs into a concept which, in the words of author Glenn Povey, “described the apparent social and moral decay of society, likening the human condition to that of mere animals.”, Pure poetry, Joe. Almost a joker Other than satiating Nuru’s desire for that topmost floor, there’s no obvious rationale for laying out a building this way. On a recent tour of the site, the future cubicle-dwelling city workers who’ll soon be toiling on lower stories were led through the 16th floor office and lectured on its amenities. But if San Francisco had less public-sector employees, how could we keep spending 12 billion dollars a year, with so little to show for it ? I remember exactly when I entered his office to start the conversation. Former public works boss Mohammed Nuru, who for 20 years served as the right arm of five mayors until his January arrest on federal fraud charges, never had the office he felt was his due. Kopp is anything but a naif. So zeroing in on Nuru instead of using him as a jumping off point could be perceived by some as providing cover for the larger problem. There may be a few more shoes to drop in short order: His judgment cometh, and that right soon. In waltz-time—my favorite! And the requirement to buy the processing facility seemed expensive to voters. Five weeks before the Feds laid out charges that Recology execs funneled money to Nuru in a scheme to raise municipal garbage rates, we wrote about how the vast majority of the money in Nuru-controlled slush funds originated from Recology — and garbage rates skyrocketed during the period they were funneling it there. At the center of the web is former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, ... San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier appears Sundays and Wednesdays. Do you want the city workers to suffer because they chose a career that provides them decent benefits because the city can’t help people that don’t work for them? San Francisco Public Works. This was not the development everyone has been waiting for with bated breath — though it was hardly unpredictable. But Public Works is run via a system that could be — and, frankly, was — exploited by a less-honest leader. For a city that fancies itself an example to other municipalities, it’s disgusting. One wrote about taking measurements and photos of Nuru’s City Hall desk and tables while the director was out on his lunch break; another paced off the dimensions of the room. San Jose, a bigger city than San Francisco only spends 4.3 billion dollars a year. All they can do is pick on the police.”. “It was pretty well known that Mohammed tended to get what he wanted.”, It turns out you can’t fight City Hall even when you, If San Francisco’s City Family had its way, Nuru would, soon, be ensconced in the space colleagues bitterly referred to as “Mohammed’s Penthouse,” and still doing all the things that put him on the FBI’s radar prior to his. A full paid holiday until COVID is eradicated. That said, glad it’s not run by the city. Required fields are marked *, {{#message}}{{{message}}}{{/message}}{{^message}}Your submission failed. San Francisco is the only municipality in the Bay Area that doesn’t require competitive bidding for its waste-collection contract; city officials have tied themselves in knots to explain why competitive bidding is good and necessary — except for that one thing. At the same time, the building features a gorgeous, grand atrium and, inside the South Van Ness entrance, an eight-foot curved LED screen in lieu of a simple sign. Now, obviously, there is an executive floor — for Public Works. And yet it happened. “How does that make any sense? Recology got a lot of money in rate hikes, with more on the way. That makes sense. Joe your implications that it’s Recology which is corrupt and profiting is incorrect. “We had the Mohammed-pushing-everyone-around dynamic,” said one city worker involved in the conception and design of 49 South Van Ness. San Franciscans voted down measure A because Recology is a good company that does good work and we didn’t want a shitty company lowballing them out of business. What office layout Nuru opted for in the penthouse is unknown and, frankly, somewhat academic. Undoubtedly he must have exceeded the budget. And, oddly, the departments housed within this tower are neither contiguous nor self-contained. And, oddly, the departments housed within this tower are neither contiguous nor self-contained. Great job following this story. Degrafinried has a solid reputation around the city — “a choirboy,” says one City Hall observer. I worked for DPW twenty years ago, in Training and Development. “What good reason is there for somebody to oversee their staff from a couple of flights away?” asks a veteran city employee rhetorically. God bless Quinn but remember that dude is building a billion dollar train from nowhere to nowhere on people’s stolen property! In voting down Prop. If they’re getting paid leave this entire time, London Breed has some explaining to do….with all the privatization, and corporate welfare, AND NO ACCOUNTABILITY….. maybe what needs to happen is to SWEEP THE MAYOR’S OFFICE! A lot has changed since 2012: Is there now more of an appetite to undo a nonsensical monopoly gifted to a company tied to a messy scandal — and remove rate-setting ability from the body that approved massive hikes after an alleged bribery scheme? 1 of 2 Mohammed Nuru, deputy director for Operations at San Francisco's Department of Public Works, talks to the media at the news conference in Hunter's Point. What’s amazing is that it is so poorly run yet we can’t seem to change. We get plenty of shitty companies from AT&T, Comcast, PG&E, all brought to you by free and fair competition. In this March 19, 2015 photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, talks about the features of a public toilet at the Tenderloin Pit Stop as he is interviewed in San Francisco. Attention regular readers! Big man, pig man I don’t know of any way to justify that. Much of the layout of the building, which will house hundreds of employees and serve legions of public visitors daily, is essentially his doing. Learn More{{/message}}, {{#message}}{{{message}}}{{/message}}{{^message}}It appears your submission was successful. When M. Nuru was hired, I was assigned to orient him to working for DPW . Former public works boss Mohammed Nuru, who for 20 years served as the right arm of five mayors until his, The grand office that Nuru never had the chance to move into. Keeping local journalism alive is so simple –. That helps. It seemed clear where the supes wanted to go, though. Well at some point the fact that SF has loooong been run by so-called progressive non-profit mafia right alongside the for-profit Developer & tech hacks for way to long to shirk responsibility. “Mohammed demanded it and Mohammed got it,” sums up a longtime colleague. So, this is what it required for a public servant to (allegedly) sell out every ratepayer in San Francisco. Thanks for the article…all of the front line workers at DBI have been complaining about the new floor plan for years now…,and it all fell on deaf ears. Desks are slated to be smaller than the building plans that will be unrolled atop them — which figures to be a problem. Employees tasked with serving the public say they will be on floors not served by public elevators. Keep asking the right ones, Joe, Your email address will not be published. Free Paul guisti…!!!!! Good journalism! Why dat?, as Herb Caen might have asked. UCSF Grand Rounds: The status of schools and vaccine distribution as the pandemic rages, SF man dies following hit-and-run at 16th and Bryant, Nueva campaña de pruebas por covid-19 muestra un alto aumento de casos positivos entre latinx de SF, Proudly powered by Newspack by Automattic. UCSF Grand Rounds: The status of schools and vaccine distribution as the pandemic rages, SF man dies following hit-and-run at 16th and Bryant, Nueva campaña de pruebas por covid-19 muestra un alto aumento de casos positivos entre latinx de SF, Proudly powered by Newspack by Automattic. With a new president come January — and, one would assume, a new San Francisco U.S. Attorney — the next few weeks and months figure to be eventful. But since everyone gets in on it, no one squeals…..mutually assured destruction. Only ‘Joe’s’ I can think of who write that This email chain stretches from June until November and involves some half-a-dozen city employees and three outside furniture, fixtures, and equipment experts. The size of the External Affairs/PR Department is a prime example. “Mohammed Nuru, a father of five, has been a dedicated public servant in San Francisco for decades. San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, Lefty O'Doul's owner arrested by FBI on corruption charges Garbage rates were hiked by 14.4 percent in 2017, another 5 percent last year, and a 1 percent rise in 2021 is anticipated. The company formerly known as “Norcal Waste Systems” also had the neat new name “Recology,” which implies a nobler destiny for San Franciscans’ curbside waste than merely dumping it into a hole. You well heeled big wheel Mohammed Nuru needs to go. (rhetorical). Some of them are dead. Every business should have been furloughed with full pay, but SF has no way of providing that kind of support. Larry Hogan and Montana Gov. Before joining Public Works, he served the City through his … What was his salary? .. And what neighborhood had at least 6 fecal deposits in an 8 block stretch? His work is horrible with even basic spelling mistakes. These prices were approved by a city rate board — which unanimously approved the rates suggested by Public Works and Nuru. CONNECT WITH US. When Nuru went became Director of DPW, he had a golden opportunity to use his power to make a major impact on the cleanliness of our beleaguered city. Provided, of course, you’re talking about parts of the world with which we’d rather not be associated. Public Works serves San Francisco residents, merchants and visitors 24 hours a day and seven days a week with a workforce of approximately 1,200 employees. Good, that’s what every business needs. “It … It is common knowledge and practice in order to get something done you have to play the corrupt city scam or else! Nuru is out of the picture. In the not-too-distant future, this will be the city’s one-stop permitting shop; it was, ostensibly, designed with the needs of the public in mind. By 2016, the building’s layout looked pretty much the way Nuru wanted it to look. i would rather have done nothing else an never had worked so hard for so long. That’s how you’d design a modern office building in which hundreds of of employees are supposed to work efficiently for the good of the public. A situation in which the powerful and well-connected are served at the expense of everyone else is an unsubtle metaphor for the city writ large. Also, the No on A campaign spent $1.7 million. Impressed that Mission Local is doing the best reporting on Nuru’s web. I’m so tired of the amount of brazen, blatant corruption in SF city government. I think perhaps I was one of only a handful that didn’t support her candidacy. free paul guisti. It’s like a really well run government organization while having good customer service. And, lo, that did come to pass. Did he even have one?!? A, San Franciscans also spurned the idea of putting garbage rates in the hands of the Board of Supervisors — instead of the body dominated by Nuru which recently upped our rates by more than 20 percent. Please contact the developer of this form processor to improve this message. The probe began with the arrest of former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru in January and has widened to include various officials and others with business relationships with the city. Oh well. Keeping local journalism alive is so simple — Read it, pay for it. The city is, now, taking frantic action to cleanse itself of Nuru’s legacy, at least superficially. I’m guessing much of today’s corruption can be traced back to initials of WLB. Today, San Francisco’s population is about 885.000 — about 20% more than we had in 1960. When asked if his successors on the Board might want to revisit this fight, Kopp replied “I’m sure they would, if they had any guts. Kopp had enough funds to push Prop. A real mensch. “There were spectacular views all the way down to AT&T Park and the Bay. Now I’m wondering what we citizens can do to get the garbage rates lowered and back to affordable rates. I knew immediately no good would come from this, it took 20 years, but finally he was arrested by the FBI. The criminal complaint … And nobody did anything. San Francisco deigns itself a world-class city. The fee increases are required because of Newsome and the city lefties mandating 0 waste and 100% recycling by 2022 (right around the corner SF). “My concern is that it’s a lot easier to manipulate ‘acting’ people than permanent,” Peskin said. Please contact the developer of this form processor to improve this message. as a recently retired recology teamster driver collector yes this company has some issues. In Feb., Mission Local raised nearly $5000 from new donors (Thank you! ), but with 5,000-plus regular readers in Feb. and only 600 donating, too many of you are still reading us for free. It seems the “City that knows how” is incapable of change its inept ways. Learn more about us. 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