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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Planner Craig Nikitas, Named in Porn Scandal, Gets Promotion

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM

click to enlarge An e-mail containing this image triggered the Planning Department's porn scandal
  • An e-mail containing this image triggered the Planning Department's porn scandal
The San Francisco Planning Department today confirmed to SF Weekly that Craig Nikitas -- who acknowledged that department head John Rahaim has moved to dismiss him due to his entanglement in the Planning Department Porn Scandal -- is now the city's Acting Zoning Administrator.

It's a position the veteran Nikitas has held before -- but never in circumstances so odd as this. An allegedly longstanding Planning Department practice of sending racy e-mails around the office hit a snag in December when an unhappy female worker filed a whistleblower complaint. That led to Rahaim earlier this month officially filling out paperwork recommending the firing of four planners involved in sending or receiving the e-mails -- most notably influential zoning administrator Larry Badiner. Multiple sources confirmed to SF Weekly that Badiner tearfully boxed up his belongings along with his wife and left the office; he is listed as being "on vacation." Nikitas also confirmed to SF Weekly that he was one of the planners Rahaim had moved to strike.

So it's a bit odd that, with the departure of Badiner, Nikitas has now assumed the mantle of zoning administrator. If only temporarily, he's gotten a promotion out of this scandal, even while being ensared in it.

click to enlarge An e-mail containing this image triggered the Planning Department's porn scandal
  • An e-mail containing this image triggered the Planning Department's porn scandal
Several calls to Nikitas were not returned -- though, as acting zoning administrator, he should be at today's Planning Commission meeting today at 1:30. "It's going to be one interesting meeting," said commissioner Mike Antonini with a sigh.

Finally, a call to planner Cecilia Jaroslawsky -- whom multiple sources told SF Weekly was one of the planners Rahaim moved to fire -- reveals a message stating "I am no longer with the planning department."

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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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