Planner Craig Nikitas, Named in Porn Scandal, Gets Promotion

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.

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