Thursday, January 28, 2016
SFFD: $1.3 Million in Upgrades for Chief's Empty Residence
My jaw dropped yesterday, at the San Francisco fire commission meeting at City Hall when I read the budget request to the taxpayers because it included $1,366,580 for the Chief's Residence.
The SFFD claims the residence, located at 870 Bush Street, serves as a secondary center of operations in case of a disaster, a claim I find hard to swallow even with a grain or two of salt.
I'd like the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor to consider selling this property or putting it to good use on daily basis. It currently sits empty and was used as temporary housing for City department bosses, until an act of vandalism in 2008.
At that time, Mayor Newsom's planning department boss John Rahaim's boyfriend set fire to a bed and caused other damage to the property.
SFFD's request for over a million dollars for repairs and upgrades to this mansion should be closely scrutinized.