While Rahaim says he wasn't aware of any wrongdoing, the move raised eyebrows within his department; a source within Planning told SF Weekly that "it
went around the department that the building John was in was owned by
The director last year told us of Amdur: "She's excellent at what she does, she's been in the
department for 10 years, and she's highly regarded with the folks in the
community." Within inter-office e-mails between city planners obtained by SF
and in follow-up interviews, department employees and those familiar
with the department referred positively to Amdur as "capable" and said she was deserving of the promotion -- but
puzzled by the lack of disclosure regarding Rahaim's living situation.
Rahaim told SF Weekly last year that he'd make a note of the living arrangement on his Statement of Economic Interest form with the Ethics Commission. He did -- but was still fined for accepting a gift valued at greater than $390 in violation of city laws.
Amdur's promotion was apparently not a factor in Ethics' fine assessment.
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