The top of San Francisco Public Works, which is answerable for cleansing up town’s feces-filled streets, has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of public corruption.
San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was arrested Monday alongside Nick Bovis, the proprietor of a well-liked sports activities bar in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lefty O-Doul’s. Sources informed NBC Bay Space that Nuru was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes for airport concession contracts.
Each Nuru and Bovis had been launched on bond following their arrest.
As the highest official answerable for the $312 million metropolis public works price range since 2012, Nuru was tasked with cleansing up San Francisco streets, which critics notice stay cluttered with feces, trash and used needles amid a homelessness disaster.
Nuru, who goes by “MrCleanSF” on Twitter, additionally oversees the design and development of metropolis amenities and the administration of 1,600 workers. Its capital venture portfolio is greater than $5.6 billion.
Bovis, alongside Nuru in 2017, championed a transportable rest room enterprise known as “Tiny Potties” aimed toward mitigating town’s public defecation drawback related to its rising homeless inhabitants. The moveable restrooms had been meant to appear to be the Painted Women Victorian houses close to Alamo Sq., in accordance with the San Francisco Chronicle.
Nuru, as of late, has attracted criticism from homelessness advocates for conducting sweeps of town’s homeless encampments.
Nonetheless Nuru’s authority has lengthy been met with criticism. “It’s a shock. I think that department has been run like a one-person fiefdom for a long time,” mentioned Supervisor Matt Haney, who has sparred with Public Works over avenue cleanliness in his district.
“There’s an understanding that ‘everything goes through Mohammed,’ and if you piss him off, there’s retribution. I think there needs to be an overhaul of that department. We need much more accountability and transparency there,” Haney continued.
Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer mentioned the information “came as a complete shock.”
“There was no buzz at City Hall, and that’s a place where secrets are hard to keep,” she mentioned.
Within the early 2000s, Nuru was accused by Public Works whistleblowers of misappropriating public funds and changing metropolis employees with workers from a nonprofit he beforehand led.
Bovis, for his half, has a felony previous. The Chronicle realized he was arrested in 1993 and charged with second diploma theft and use of a firearm in fee of a felony. He was convicted of second diploma theft in 1996 and sentenced to 5 years in jail. Shortly after he took over town’s iconic sports activities bar.
The Related Press contributed to this report.