Embattled SF planning commissioner sues city, alleging building department acted ‘like a crook’

J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt

Embattled Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection on Wednesday, alleging officials revoked permits on a building he co-owns to retaliate for his criticism of the department.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims that DBI officials “brazenly retaliated against Commissioner Richards, a business in which he was an investor, and his business partner in a transparent attempt to silence his criticism and calls for investigation into perceived corruption.”

The lawsuit comes five months after the city yanked nine permits on a four-unit building at 3426-3432 22nd St., a four-unit historic Italianate building that Richards and Noe Valley real estate broker Rachel Swann own. Richards and Swann purchased the building for $2.7 million in 2017 and are attempting to sell it for $7.88 million, after fixing it up and buying out longtime tenants…(more)

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