SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco supervisors introduced a slew of charter amendments during their regular Tuesday meeting, as Tuesday was the deadline for introducing measures for the November ballot. Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced the charter amendment to create the Office of the Public Advocate, which would create a new elected position to investigate and eliminate public corruption, the waste of taxpayer money, and abuse of public trust. “It shouldn’t take a federal FBI investigation by the Trump Administration to root out local corruption, and it shouldn’t take decades to address criminal and corrupt behavior by high-ranking public officials,” Mar said in a statement. “With a Public Advocate, we will address corruption as it should and must be addressed: locally, proactively and structurally.” The new Public Advocate position would be chosen by voters. “San Francisco needs a Public Advocate,” Mar said. “We need structural reform to address the culture of casual corruption and pay-to-play politics and make our City more accountable, effective and transparent.” A federal corruption investigation earlier this year resulted in fraud charges for former Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and Nick Bovis, the owner of Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant, in connection with a never-completed scheme… Read full this story
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