Statement from Mayor London Breed on City Attorney and Controller Recommendations on Public Works Reforms
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today issued the following statement committing to implement the initial recommendations made by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Controller Ben Rosenfield, resulting from their investigation into wrongdoing by San Francisco Public Works:
“From the beginning of the federal investigation into San Francisco Public Works, I have said that nothing matters more than restoring public trust in government. I am committed to doing the work to strengthen oversight and accountability in all our departments to prevent future wrongdoing and corruption.
Starting today, we will immediately take action to begin implementing the reforms recommended by the City Attorney and Controller. If we can take Executive action, we will do so immediately. If we need to pass laws, we will work with the Board of Supervisors to do so. To that end, I am rescinding the delegation of authority that was granted to the Director of Public Works in 2011 relating to various approval and contracting actions, as recommended in this initial report. I know these are the first in a series of recommendations, and we need to continue to identify problematic issues that erode public trust across our city. We have work to do, but we will do that work. Our residents and City workers deserve nothing less.
I want to thank the City Attorney and Controller for their work on these important reforms, which is a critical step to restoring the public trust. They have done this even as their offices have been integral in helping to meet the challenges facing our city during the COVID-19 pandemic.”