indybay – excerpt – (a series of stories and allegations)
On Thursday, Avalos filed a complaint with the Ethics Commission against Ahsha Safai, the candidate seeking to replace Avalos as District 11 supervisor. Avalos supports Kimberly Alvarenga in the upcoming election.
Avalos’ complaint says Safai highlighted the 104-unit project in his “campaign communications” — he spoke to The Chronicle about it — but didn’t disclose that he had a financial relationship with SST Investments, the project’s developer. SST was a client of Safai’s consulting firm, Kitchen Cabinet Public Affairs.
Avalos also accuses Safai of failing to register as a lobbyist. He said Safai acted as an intermediary between SST Investments and the mayor’s office. Safai served on the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission.
As an “unregistered lobbyist (Safai) is concealing his actual relationship with his clients and city government, a conceit that enables him to claim that he is negotiating community benefits and delivering city resources and services as a neighborhood activist rather than as a candidate,” Avalos said in a statement.
Also on Thursday, former Ethics Commissioner Paul Melbostad filed an ethics complaint against Lee, accusing the mayor’s office of improperly using public resources to support Safai.
In particular, the Recreation and Park Department advertised a public meeting about Balboa Park by inviting neighbors to meet with the department — and Safai — to discuss a plan to allow off-leash dogs. That was a “blatant misuse of public resources,” Melbostad said in a statement… (more)