Newsom asks Ed Jew to resign his seat on board

Mayor Gavin Newsom has asked Supervisor Ed Jew to resign, in light of federal fraud charges filed against the first-year official Thursday.

Newsom, however, stopped short of saying on Thursday that he would suspend Jew from the Board of Supervisors and initiate misconduct proceedings if Jew does not voluntarily resign.

Only the mayor has the authority to immediately remove Jew from office for “official misconduct,” according to the City Charter. But to date, he has hesitated to do so, citing a need for caution that has exasperated other city leaders.

Newsom said he has requested a meeting with Jew for today to discuss the matter, giving Jew an opportunity to “tell me why I shouldn’t take action if he doesn’t step aside,” and will make a decision about what his next step would be.

“We are in a position where enough is enough,” Newsom said. “[Jew] needs to do the right thing for The City, for his district and most importantly, his family. He needs to focus on his own issues.”

Newsom’s power, under city law, would allow him to suspend Jew and appoint a “qualified person” to take his place during the period of suspension. The matter would then be taken before the Ethics Commission, which would be required to hold a hearing within five days of Newsom’s filing written charges against Jew. The Commission would pass on its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, which would have to support the charges with a three-fourths vote to enact Jew’s removal.

— Examiner Staff Writer Alexandria Rocha contributed to these reports.

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