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What Makes San Francisco Government Vulnerable to Corruption?

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Earlier this month, the FBI indicted a major local real estate developer for bribing three San Francisco officials to obtain permits and expedite inspections. This episode is just the latest in a series of  corruption scandals that began in 2020 and brought down officials in the Department of Power and Water, the Department of Building Inspection, and the city’s public utilities commission, among others. Is there something systemic or cultural that leaves San Francisco more vulnerable to corruption by public officials? We talk to experts and hear from you.


Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, reporter/producer covering politics, KQED News

Jason McDaniel, associate professor of political science, San Francisco State University. He teaches urban politics and campaigns and elections.

JoAnne Speers, principal, S2 Ethics Strategies. Speers is the former chief executive of the Institute for Local Government and former general counsel of League of California Cities


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