Jew: No intent to resign despite FBI probe

The center of an FBI investigation and facing a city attorney’s investigation over whether he lives in the district he represents, Supervisor Ed Jew has said he will not resign from his seat on the board.

Jew’s stance was published in the June 2007 issue of the Sunset Beacon, in which he wrote, “I have no intention of resigning my office.”

Midday Sunday, Jew returned to San Francisco after a vacation in China he left for on May 23, days after FBI agents raided his City Hall office, his Chinatown flower shop and a number of his other properties.

The FBI investigation is focused on his reportedly accepting cash from business owners for help in getting city business permits. In a separate investigation, Jew has until Friday to hand over to City Attorney Dennis Herrera proof of his residency on 28th Avenue. Herrera launched the investigation after the FBI raid when questions surfaced around whether Jew actually lived in the district he represents, as required by law.

Jew wrote in the Beacon that he wanted to “clear the air” and said, “We now live on 28th Avenue in a house owned by my father.” A home in Burlingame, which was searched by federal agents, is owned by his wife and “serves as a gathering place for her side of our family on weekends and holidays, but we don’t live there,” he wrote.

The FBI has not charged Jew with a crime, but he could face federal criminal charges. If Herrera finds Jew has broken city residency laws, he faces removal from the board.

“I cannot speak to the motivations of the city employees and elected officials who have contributed to rumors and insinuations about my residency in recent days, other than to say that I have stood up against every one of them in my six months in office at one time or another, and they have not been happy about it,” Jew wrote.

Jew’s legislative aide Barbara Meskunas said Jew spent Monday sleeping and would attend today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

jsabatini@examiner.com


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