Supervisor Ed Jew said Thursday that he was “happy” to be an elected official and that his City Hall office is “open for business,” after returningthere for the first time since being charged with nine felony counts and posting bail.
Ignoring the suggestions of some board colleagues to resign, the embattled District 4 supervisor arrived at City Hall early Thursday morning. He remained in his office until moments before he was to attend the afternoon meeting of the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee, on which he sits.
Jew is charged with nine felonies and potentially faces other legal trouble for allegedly lying about where he lived in order to run for the District 4 seat, which represents the Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods.
At the start of the committee meeting, Jew said, “I would like to apologize for the major attention and I hope that we can get through this meeting.”
Acting committee chairwoman Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier responded, “I have all the confidence in the world that we will be able to accomplish what we need to today.”
After taking up several items, the committee took a 30-minute recess, during which Jew sat in his chair and once again ignored media questions. Then Jew broke his silence to say, “I’m very, very happy that I am a supervisor working on issues that are really important to the Chinese community and the entire city and county of San Francisco. And I am going to continue to work hard and my office is open for business.”
On Tuesday, District Attorney Kamala Harris issued an arrest warrant for Jew and charged him with nine felony counts, ranging from perjury to voter fraud, for allegedly lying about where he lived under oath and in documents relating to his 2006 run for office. Jew faces a July 16 arraignment for the felony charges.
The charges stemmed from a May 18 FBI raid on Jew’s office, business and properties investigating whether Jew accepted $40,000 in cash from business owners seeking help in obtaining city permits. The FBI has yet to charge Jew with any crime.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is investigating whether Jew violated the City Charter by not residing in the district he represents. Herrera has given Jew one last chance to hand over proof of his residency by today, after he failed to provide sufficient evidence by a previous deadline. Herrera could announce the results of his investigation as early as Monday.
As a result of Herrera’s investigation, Jew could wind up defending himself in state court and would be removed from the board if found to have violated the City Charter.
At 11 a.m. today, the Chinese American Democratic Club will hold a rally in support of Jew on the steps of City Hall.