Breed Admits To Dating And Taking Gift From Ex-Director Accused Of Corruption

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February 14, 2020 - 11:28 am
: San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks during a news conference at the future site of a Transitional Age Youth Navigation Center on January 15, 2020.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed has revealed that decades ago she dated the city's ex-director of public works who was recently ousted in a corruption investigation and, more recently, accepted gifts worth $5,600 from him. 

Breed wrote about the nature of her relationship with Mohammed Nuru in a post published Friday on Medium.com

"Mohammed Nuru and I have been close personal friends for more than 20 years. We dated for a brief time, two decades ago, long before I ever ran for office," she said. "Nevertheless, he, and his now-adult daughters, have remained close friends for all those years."

Nuru resigned from his post this week after being accused of fraud and lying to the FBI last month. The corruption probe alleged that Nuru and a restaurateur tried to bribe an airport official to win a contract for a restaurant at SFO. Nuru is also accused of accepting travel, lodging and expensive wine from a Chinese developer in exchange for bending the rules of the building and inspection process for a San Francisco project. 

"To be clear: I never asked Mohammed Nuru to do anything improper, and he never asked me to do anything improper," Breed's message said. "I was not aware of the schemes alleged by the FBI until shortly before they became public, and when I was informed, I immediately reported the information to our City Attorney."

Breed also disclosed that Nuru had repairs made on her broken car and got a rental vehicle for her last year. 

"Last year, my personal automobile had broken down and Mohammed, acting as my friend, took it to a private auto mechanic. The estimated cost of repairs seemed more than the 18-year-old car was worth, but Mohammed had it fixed. Later, when the car still wasn’t working, he helped secure a rental," Breed wrote.

"It had been my intention to sell the car (which is still not running consistently, even after the repairs) and reimburse Mohammed," Breed said. 

Quickly after Nuru's arrest rumors spread about Breed's history with the city's self-proclaimed "Mr. Clean," because of his department's work among the San Francisco's homeless camps. 

"I write this in the spirit of transparency, because in the wake of a scandal at City Hall, I think San Franciscans are entitled to hear directly from their Mayor," Breed wrote. "And also, quite frankly, to dispel some unfortunate rumors that have already begun to circulate."