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The Back Story on SFHA’s Past and Future

by Larry Bush 03.06.2013

For problems at SFHA to be fixed, it’s not just SFHA that needs a restart. It’s also City Hall — specifically the Mayor’s office. As HUD’s Public Affairs Officer for Arizona, California, Nevada and Hawaii until 2010, I saw public housing authorities struggling with budget cuts, maladministration and political agendas. But I also saw many [...]

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Chiu Sets His Priorities

by Larry Bush 01.15.2013

Thrice-elected Board President David Chiu outlined his hopes for the Board over the next two years in remarks made on January 8 when the new Board took their seats. He provided CitiReport with a copy of his remarks that is presented here. Colleagues, thank you again for the honor to serve as your President for [...]

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The Great Dissent: Hur Says No

by Larry Bush 09.10.2012

(Photo of Ethics Commission courtesy of Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal) The Great Dissent When history repeats itself, often it is because a majority got it wrong and the minority view struggled until its wisdom was recognized. That’s the case with the Ethics Commission and its chair, Ben Hur, who dissented from the majority by [...]

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The New Lee Doctrine

by Larry Bush 07.20.2012

(Mayor Ed Lee with City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Photo courtesy of Luke Thomas) Mayor Ed Lee wants everyone to know that he told the truth when he testified before the Ethics Commission. I believe him. Not that he never talked to any supervisors about the Mirkarimi case, or gave a wink to a back channel [...]

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Mirkarimi’s Boo-Boo

by Larry Bush 05.29.2012

Tonight the Ethics Commission will begin deciding what rules will apply in its consideration of Mayor Lee’s suspension and removal of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, an official who won his office last November with thousands more votes than did Lee himself. The case itself will continue to be argued through the summer with a Board vote [...]

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