San Francisco city attorney issues 14 more subpoenas in public corruption probe

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Friday, February 28, 2020
San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, Lefty O'Doul's owner Nick Bovis arrested by FBI on corruption charges.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera announced Thursday that he has issued 14 more subpoenas as part of the public corruption investigation that has led to federal charges against former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis.

The 14 subpoenas issued focus on the mixed-use project at 555 Fulton Street on Walter Wong, a permit expediter and contractor, Zhang li, the developer and other businesses tied to the project.

"Make no mistake, we're following the evidence wherever it leads," Herrera said. "We're not going to stop until we get to the bottom of this. San Francisco has always been a leader, and we're going to make sure that we lead when it comes to clean government."

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The subpoenas seek a range of records, including documents that could show things of services of value being provided to a City employee or official, or to a City employee or official's family member.

This is the second round of subpoenas in the investigation after the city attorney issued 10 of them to eight organizations on Feb. 12. The businesses included PG&E, construction firms Webcor, Pankow and Clark Construction; waste management company Recology; and three nonprofits: Lefty O'Doul's Foundation for Kids, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the San Francisco Clean City Coalition.

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Federal officials have accused Nuru and Bovis of designing several corruption schemes, including allegedly trying to steer city contracts to Bovis. Nuru is also accused of lying to the FBI, having city contractors perform free or discounted work on his vacation home and accepting luxury travel gifts from a developer.