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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Porn Scandal Rocks Planning Department

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 7:15 AM

click to enlarge Life at the planning department may be a bit wilder than we'd imagined, according to a whistleblower complaint
  • Life at the planning department may be a bit wilder than we'd imagined, according to a whistleblower complaint
Watching and circulating porn at the workplace -- on computers which higher-ups are entitled to sift through your browsing history -- indicates a lack of planning. Sadly, in this city, that's just what four senior members of the planning department are accused of doing -- and it could cost them their jobs.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Zoning Administrator Larry Badiner and three other veteran planners stand to be sacked for sending and/or receiving raunchy e-mails to dozens of department employees -- for years. A female worker in December objected, filing a whistleblower complaint. That led to planning director John Rahaim launching an investigation and, purportedly, formally reccomending Badiner and the three others  -- so far -- be dismissed.



Badiner was serving as Rahaim's acting replacement just last month after the sudden death of Rahaim's partner, Lance Farber. He has worked for the planning department for more than a decade.

Finally, out of contractual obligation, here are some kinky planning terms: zoning adjustment, recreation and open space, conditional use, discretionary review, and, of course, the Interdepartmental Project Application Intake Meeting.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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