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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Matt Gonzalez: Influence Peddling Killed City Parking Contract

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 5:10 PM

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Former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez alleges that influence peddling was behind a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency decision to scotch a contract for management of city-owned parking garages.

Gonzalez' law firm has been engaged by Fred Bekele, whose firm Convenient Parking last summer won a bid to manage several downtown, city-owned parking garages. Gonzalez alleges that San Francisco attorney Steven Kay, an associate of former mayor Willie Brown, was behind a proposed deal whereby Bekele was urged to let Kay's clients manage city garages, even though Convenient Parking won the bidding.

"Fred was specifically told, 'you don't know how things work,'" Gonzalez said, in reference to alleged threats.*

"'We're going to get this contract because we have influence,'" Gonzalez claims his client was told.

Bekele says the contract he won is now going out to bid once more.

Kay did not reply to voice mail messages requesting comment by press time.

Photo   |   Robert Bruce Livingston
*An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified a parking company involved in this dispute.

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