In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, San Francisco Mayor London Breed waits to address the annual Women In Construction Expo in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
UPDATED 4:55 PM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020
San Francisco’s mayor London Breed admitted she had an affair and accepted gifts from the city’s disgraced Director of Public Works. She faced calls for her resignation after she links herself with one of her former subordinates, now at the center of an FBI probe.
At a news conference Friday, Breed confirmed rumors about her fling with San Francisco’s former Director of Public Works Mohammed Nuru and also admitted she had accepted $5,600 from him for car repairs. Hoping to clear the air, Breed stressed her and Nuru had been only friends in recent years and her romantic relationship with him was two decades ago.
“I’ve been asked about it by a lot of people and so I thought it was a need to tell people that to tell them about our relationship, that it is made clear.” stated the San Francisco mayor.
Breed further explained why she accepted money from Nuru in a post online. She said last year, her car broke down and Nuru, only acting as her friend, took it to a mechanic. He reportedly helped her secure a rental car later, which she said brought the the estimated value of what she owed him to about $5,600.
This Feb. 6, 2020, photo shows director of San Francisco Public Works Mohammed Nuru, left, leaving a federal courthouse in front of attorney Ismail Ramsey in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Breed said she intended to sell the car, but was not able to and also stressed Nuru’s payments to her were legal and unrelated to their positions.
“Well I checked with the city attorney every step of the way whether its relationship, whether its the car, and ultimately Mohammed reported to the city administrator who made the decisions as it relates to do with that department.” stated Breed.
However, since her statements, many are calling for her to resign or temporarily step back while an investigation to take place. Citizens, as well as officials in City Hall, argue Breed broke the law.
“Allowing her subordinate to give her a gift of this size, it’s ethically wrong and but more importantly it’s a legal violation and because of that serious violation and the serious culture of corruption that pervades this city, I believe that she should voluntarily resign.” stated Hillary Ronan, member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Earlier this week, Nuru left his top city position after the FBI arrested him under charges of “public corruption, bribery kickbacks and side deals.”