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CA: Campaign probe names S.F. official - Workers testify he told them to help Newsom (SLUG)
SFgate.com ^ | 10/22/04 | Ilene Lelchuk - SF Chronicle

Posted on 10/22/2004 8:30:02 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

The No. 2 official at the San Francisco Department of Public Works threatened workers under contract to clean city streets with loss of pay if they didn't campaign for Gavin Newsom for mayor, according to sworn testimony in a city attorney's investigation.

City attorney's investigators looking into allegations of election abuses made by the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, or SLUG -- a nonprofit group under contract with the city for street-cleaning services -- were told by the street cleaners that they had been directed by Deputy Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru to walk precincts for the Newsom for Mayor campaign during their workday.

They also told investigators that Nuru had told them their wages would be withheld by SLUG if they refused to carry out the duties, which entailed hanging Newsom campaign literature on doorknobs, carrying signs and checking on the election-day turnout of voters targeted by the Newsom campaign on the day of the mayoral runoff election, Dec. 9.

"Mr. Nuru told me that I would not be paid by SLUG for working December 9th unless I performed these activities," one of the SLUG street cleaners told investigators in a sworn statement made under penalty of perjury.

The Chronicle obtained copies of the statements and other records pertaining to the city attorney's investigation under the California Public Records Act.

The findings corroborate allegations of election-related coercion of SLUG street-cleaning crews reported by The Chronicle in January. The workers told of being directed by SLUG supervisors during their workday to cast absentee ballots for Newsom during early voting at City Hall; to work for the Newsom for Mayor campaign; and to attend campaign events for Newsom and for Kamala Harris, then a district attorney candidate who also won election Dec. 9.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: calgov2002; california; campaign; newsom; official; probe; sanfrancisco; slug; testify; workers

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