Jew removed from seat, replacement named

Mayor Gavin Newsom has served District 4 Supervisor Ed Jew with official misconduct papers, which will immediately remove the embattled Sunset politician from his seat.

Newsom is expected to announce this morning that Carmen Chu, a deputy in mayor’s budget office, as a replacement for Jew.

The move comes after Jew ignored requests from the mayor to resign amid federal charges that allegedly Jew attempted to extort as much as $80,00 from small businessman with city permit problems.

Jew pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday and was released on a $1 million bond. He faces an Oct. 11 preliminary hearing.

Jew is also the target of a criminal case brought against him by the district attorney. On Oct. 26, he is scheduled to appear in court to defend himself against nine felony charges, ranging from perjury to voter fraud, for allegedly lying about where he lived in order to run for office last year.

Prosecutors say Jew was living in Burlingame with his wife and daughter and not at the 28th Avenue Sunset district house he claimed was his residence on election documents.

Under the City Charter, Newsom is allowed to suspend an elected official for official misconduct. Newsom would then appoint a resident of District 4 to fill Jew’s vacated seat and present charges against Jew to the Ethics Commission. The commission would hold misconduct hearings and ultimately make a recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors. It would take a three-fourths vote by the board to remove Jew from office

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