In San Francisco, the smell of poop overpowered by the stench of leftist corruption

One-party blue city San Francisco has a corruption problem.

Turns out the sewage on the streets isn't the only thing filthy about San Francisco.  Its man in charge of that clean-up, Mohammed Nuru, was busted with a septic tank full of corruption charges.

According to the San Francisco Examiner:

In the biggest public corruption scandal to shake City Hall since 2015, [San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed] Nuru and local entrepreneur Nick Bovis of famed Union Square sports bar Lefty O'Doul's have each been charged with one count of wire fraud.

Nuru, 57, and Bovis, 56, allegedly attempted to bribe an airport commissioner to help win a bid for a restaurant lease at San Francisco International Airport in exchange for an envelope full of cash and an apparent vacation.

The alleged kickback scheme was just one of five that federal authorities described in a complaint released Tuesday after surveilling Nuru and Bovis with FBI wiretaps and undercover operators since at least 2018.

The allegations against Nuru also involve sharing a $2,070 bottle of wine with a billionaire developer in China and having city contractors work on his vacation home near the Mendocino National Forest.

The detailed descriptions of the string of corruption crimes Nuru was involved in must have made him a lawman's dream, given the large number of violations they were able to demonstrate, a veritable sewage pit of systemic corruption. 

Nuru, whose Twitter handle was "Mr. Clean,"  and last seen in the news as the chief of San Francisco's famous "poop patrols," now faces charges in pay-to-play set-ups for homeless toilet contracts, a bribery plot to an airport commissioner who said no, money from developers from China, and forcing city workers to fix up his planned retirement estate for free or nearly free in what lawmen said was a bid to keep contracts coming.  The Examiner says the retirement hideaway is in Mendocino, but SFGate says it's Colusa County, same obscure place ex-gov. Jerry Brown retired to.  If the latter is correct, it probably points to some additional digging to be done by lawmen on why that pair is so close they choose to retire together to that same little known place with no electricity.

It gets worse.  What the FBI found was just a Tuesday snapshot; what's really been going on is a long, deep, intense sewage sludge act of crimes.  There are signs it's all over.  YouTube shows videos of all this guy's travels to fancy places like Spain.  Spain?  Really? 

This piece, written nearly ten years ago by the HuffPost, described the problems with putting this guy in his $300,000-a-year job (his street-sweepers reportedly make six-figure salaries, too) at the Department of Public Works.  It should make anyone blanch.  Emphasis mine:

Nuru's work at SLUG [an NGO called the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners] drew notice of then-Mayor Willie Brown, who took Nuru (who had already volunteered on two of Brown's electroal campaigns) under his wing in 2000 and hired him as DPW's second-in-command, making him the city's point man on graffiti cleanup. Nuru's program, Operation Scrub Down, which involved spraying down city streets with a high-pressure hose and confiscating shopping carts filled with the belongings of homeless people, earned Nuru the nickname "Mr. Clean."

The project proved controversial when homeless advocates complained that it violated the civil rights of the people whose belongings were confiscated.

In the years since Nuru departed SLUG, the group has since shut down operations. [As the Clinton Foundation did? —ed]

During his tenure at DPW, a series of allegations of ethical improprieties began to swirl around Nuru. It was claimed that he broke city rules by replacing city employees with SLUG trainees, pushed pork-loaded street cleaning contracts to his former organization and charged the city over $100,000 to clean up vacant lots near his home in the Bayview.

In 2004, the DPW prohibited Nuru from having any official contact with SLUG after nine street cleaners claimed that Nuru illegally pressured them to vote for Gavin Newsom.

Citing his work as City Attorney investigating Nuru, Herrera charged that, "for ten years, Nuru's questionable ethics and repeated misappropriation of taxpayer dollars didn't seem to merit a slap on the wrist from Ed Lee. Now, as Mayor, Ed Lee thinks it merits a promotion."

This guy's been filthy for a long, long time, it's been out there and nothing happened, at least not during the Obama years.  Nuru, though, is tied to every element of San Francisco's blue city aristocracy — Willie Brown, Kamala Harris, Ed Lee, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown...which should make him a heckuva witness.

As Nuru was apparently lining his pockets, the city on his watch turned into a hellhole, a place where apps were developed to show visitors where the poop was, and poop-covered maps were created showing the extent of the vileness in the city, which was driving convention visitors away. This, despite the DPW's $312 million budget and $5.6 billion with a 'b' capital portfolio.

It was so bad residents were last seen conducting "boulder warfare" in a desperate bid to keep the homeless from camping out on their sidewalks. The boulders, of course, were removed. Last year, I wrote this:

And yes, sure enough, it is the same people who run the unresponsive poop patrols who had that get-go to clear the boulders — the San Francisco Department of Public Works, run by one Mohammed Nuru, quoted extensively in both the poop patrol pieces and the decision to remove the reactionary boulders.  Same guy.  He can't keep the neighborhood clean, but oh, he's Johnny on the spot when it comes time to clear the anti-camping boulders.

It not only shows that taxpaying residents of the city are desperate for some kind of relief, but also shows that the city doesn't actually care.  It's got a homeless empire to defend.  So it's getting Hobbesian as the city gets mired in special interest groups seeking to defend their interests, and to heck with a public polity.

...and in 2018, this:

The root of the problem is in three things: the incentivization of homelessness, which draws street poopers from all corners of the world to the fair city, free to do their business. San Francisco spends $279 million on homelessness 'programs' having raised the amount $29 million this year, which is a great thing for bureaucrats, but serves as a magnet for more homeless to come in as mendicants of the bureaucrats. One hand washes the other. There are 'navigation' programs, pregnant women programs, housing subsidies to non-profits to provide housing to the homeless, public-private partnerships, Homeward Bound, Operation Outreach, public toilets, and well, now we see Poop City as the current sum result. Throwing more money onto the problem will just create ... more poop.

The city went downhill, not just from liberal policies, but a raw sewage pit of corruption, decisions made for personal benefit instead of the city's interests. 

All during the Obama years as this guy made his rise, and the blue city consolidated, Nuru seemed to be protected.

Now he's not. And opening that septic tank is one smelly project indeed. One only hopes that Nuru, the protected rat-king of corruption, isn't the only one who's going to be circling the drain when this gets sorted out. In a one-party blue state, the corruption runs very, very deep.

Image credit: YouTube screen shot, KPIX.

One-party blue city San Francisco has a corruption problem.

Turns out the sewage on the streets isn't the only thing filthy about San Francisco.  Its man in charge of that clean-up, Mohammed Nuru, was busted with a septic tank full of corruption charges.

According to the San Francisco Examiner:

In the biggest public corruption scandal to shake City Hall since 2015, [San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed] Nuru and local entrepreneur Nick Bovis of famed Union Square sports bar Lefty O'Doul's have each been charged with one count of wire fraud.

Nuru, 57, and Bovis, 56, allegedly attempted to bribe an airport commissioner to help win a bid for a restaurant lease at San Francisco International Airport in exchange for an envelope full of cash and an apparent vacation.

The alleged kickback scheme was just one of five that federal authorities described in a complaint released Tuesday after surveilling Nuru and Bovis with FBI wiretaps and undercover operators since at least 2018.

The allegations against Nuru also involve sharing a $2,070 bottle of wine with a billionaire developer in China and having city contractors work on his vacation home near the Mendocino National Forest.

The detailed descriptions of the string of corruption crimes Nuru was involved in must have made him a lawman's dream, given the large number of violations they were able to demonstrate, a veritable sewage pit of systemic corruption. 

Nuru, whose Twitter handle was "Mr. Clean,"  and last seen in the news as the chief of San Francisco's famous "poop patrols," now faces charges in pay-to-play set-ups for homeless toilet contracts, a bribery plot to an airport commissioner who said no, money from developers from China, and forcing city workers to fix up his planned retirement estate for free or nearly free in what lawmen said was a bid to keep contracts coming.  The Examiner says the retirement hideaway is in Mendocino, but SFGate says it's Colusa County, same obscure place ex-gov. Jerry Brown retired to.  If the latter is correct, it probably points to some additional digging to be done by lawmen on why that pair is so close they choose to retire together to that same little known place with no electricity.

It gets worse.  What the FBI found was just a Tuesday snapshot; what's really been going on is a long, deep, intense sewage sludge act of crimes.  There are signs it's all over.  YouTube shows videos of all this guy's travels to fancy places like Spain.  Spain?  Really? 

This piece, written nearly ten years ago by the HuffPost, described the problems with putting this guy in his $300,000-a-year job (his street-sweepers reportedly make six-figure salaries, too) at the Department of Public Works.  It should make anyone blanch.  Emphasis mine:

Nuru's work at SLUG [an NGO called the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners] drew notice of then-Mayor Willie Brown, who took Nuru (who had already volunteered on two of Brown's electroal campaigns) under his wing in 2000 and hired him as DPW's second-in-command, making him the city's point man on graffiti cleanup. Nuru's program, Operation Scrub Down, which involved spraying down city streets with a high-pressure hose and confiscating shopping carts filled with the belongings of homeless people, earned Nuru the nickname "Mr. Clean."

The project proved controversial when homeless advocates complained that it violated the civil rights of the people whose belongings were confiscated.

In the years since Nuru departed SLUG, the group has since shut down operations. [As the Clinton Foundation did? —ed]

During his tenure at DPW, a series of allegations of ethical improprieties began to swirl around Nuru. It was claimed that he broke city rules by replacing city employees with SLUG trainees, pushed pork-loaded street cleaning contracts to his former organization and charged the city over $100,000 to clean up vacant lots near his home in the Bayview.

In 2004, the DPW prohibited Nuru from having any official contact with SLUG after nine street cleaners claimed that Nuru illegally pressured them to vote for Gavin Newsom.

Citing his work as City Attorney investigating Nuru, Herrera charged that, "for ten years, Nuru's questionable ethics and repeated misappropriation of taxpayer dollars didn't seem to merit a slap on the wrist from Ed Lee. Now, as Mayor, Ed Lee thinks it merits a promotion."

This guy's been filthy for a long, long time, it's been out there and nothing happened, at least not during the Obama years.  Nuru, though, is tied to every element of San Francisco's blue city aristocracy — Willie Brown, Kamala Harris, Ed Lee, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown...which should make him a heckuva witness.

As Nuru was apparently lining his pockets, the city on his watch turned into a hellhole, a place where apps were developed to show visitors where the poop was, and poop-covered maps were created showing the extent of the vileness in the city, which was driving convention visitors away. This, despite the DPW's $312 million budget and $5.6 billion with a 'b' capital portfolio.

It was so bad residents were last seen conducting "boulder warfare" in a desperate bid to keep the homeless from camping out on their sidewalks. The boulders, of course, were removed. Last year, I wrote this:

And yes, sure enough, it is the same people who run the unresponsive poop patrols who had that get-go to clear the boulders — the San Francisco Department of Public Works, run by one Mohammed Nuru, quoted extensively in both the poop patrol pieces and the decision to remove the reactionary boulders.  Same guy.  He can't keep the neighborhood clean, but oh, he's Johnny on the spot when it comes time to clear the anti-camping boulders.

It not only shows that taxpaying residents of the city are desperate for some kind of relief, but also shows that the city doesn't actually care.  It's got a homeless empire to defend.  So it's getting Hobbesian as the city gets mired in special interest groups seeking to defend their interests, and to heck with a public polity.

...and in 2018, this:

The root of the problem is in three things: the incentivization of homelessness, which draws street poopers from all corners of the world to the fair city, free to do their business. San Francisco spends $279 million on homelessness 'programs' having raised the amount $29 million this year, which is a great thing for bureaucrats, but serves as a magnet for more homeless to come in as mendicants of the bureaucrats. One hand washes the other. There are 'navigation' programs, pregnant women programs, housing subsidies to non-profits to provide housing to the homeless, public-private partnerships, Homeward Bound, Operation Outreach, public toilets, and well, now we see Poop City as the current sum result. Throwing more money onto the problem will just create ... more poop.

The city went downhill, not just from liberal policies, but a raw sewage pit of corruption, decisions made for personal benefit instead of the city's interests. 

All during the Obama years as this guy made his rise, and the blue city consolidated, Nuru seemed to be protected.

Now he's not. And opening that septic tank is one smelly project indeed. One only hopes that Nuru, the protected rat-king of corruption, isn't the only one who's going to be circling the drain when this gets sorted out. In a one-party blue state, the corruption runs very, very deep.

Image credit: YouTube screen shot, KPIX.