Porn Scandal Shocks City Planners — But Doesn't Surprise Them

A number of current and former members of the city's planning department told SF Weekly they were “mortified” and angry regarding allegations that at least four senior planners have been sending around pornographic e-mails accompanied by purportedly racist and homophobic commentary. 

The San Francisco Chronicle yesterday reported that planning chief John Rahaim has filed paperwork formally recommending the dismissal of influential veteran zoning administrator Larry Badiner and three others. Neither Rahaim nor Badiner returned SF Weekly's calls.

Other department veterans registered shame and anger — but claimed that this fit in with “a culture of workplace intolerance.”

“Derogatory anti-gay remarks, misogynist remarks — things that were pretty sexist” were not uncommon at senior-level meetings, recalls one longtime former employee. The alleged raunchy e-mails “were not an aberration. You can understand why these e-mails were circulated and tolerated when top management was engaging in it and tolerated it.”

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