City attorney says Jew failed to prove residency

Supervisor Ed Jew has failed to prove he lives in the district he represents, the City Attorney’s Office said Monday, as the office repeated requests to the embattled supervisor for documentation of his residency.

The District 4 supervisor, who was elected in an upset in November, is simultaneously being investigated by City Attorney Dennis Herrera for violating residency requirements required of supervisors and by the FBI on alleged corruption charges.

Questions of Jew’s residency surfaced following a raid last month by the FBI of his City Hall office and other properties as part of an investigation into his reportedly accepting $40,000 in cash from business owners seeking help in obtaining permits.

“The documents your client provided us do not persuasively demonstrate that he resided in District Four under the requirements of the Charter,” a June 11 letter sent by Deputy City Attorney Chad Jacobs to Jew’s attorney Steven Gruel said. The letter states that “most of the documents” Jew provided were related to his Chinatown flower shop and that the documents “did not fully respond to our initial request.”

It also noted that Jew is “unwillingly” to conduct an “in-person” interview with City Attorney’s Office.

Herrera had given Jew until June 8 to hand over a number of documents proving he lives at the 28th Avenue Sunset district home, as he claims. Jew, his wife and his parents own a number of properties throughout The City. The 28th Avenue address is owned by Jew’s father.

According to the letter, Jew provided only tax forms for 2005, not 2006. He also did not provide any documentation to show telephone or cable services at the Sunset home, provided “incomplete records” of other utilities and “gave incomplete or no responses” for information related to homeowner’s tax exemptions. In a statement last week, Jew said he and his family use the Chinatown flower shop address for most official purposes.

Jew was offered “a final opportunity” to hand over further proof of his residency by Friday.

Jew’s legislative aide Barbara Meskunas said Jew plans on handing over additional documents.

“He’s complied with every request they’ve made. They gave him a list of documents. He gave them those documents plus some documents. Now they want more documents,” she said. Meskunas also said Jew does plan on granting the interview with the City Attorney’s Office.

Jew has said he would not resign despite the investigations and maintains he has held residency at the Sunset home as required.

Jew faces removal from the Board of Supervisors if found in violation of the residency laws. He also faces possible federal criminal charges in the ongoing FBI investigation.

jsabatini@examiner.com


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