In a remarkable statement published online Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed acknowledged not only having a past romantic relationship with disgraced former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, but also accepting a $5,600 gift from him for car repairs.
"The estimated cost of repairs seemed more than the 18-year-old car was worth, but Mohammed had it fixed," Breed wrote. "Later, when the car still wasn’t working, he helped secure a rental. The estimated value of those things is about $5,600. It had been my intention to sell the car (which is still not running consistently, even after the repairs) and reimburse Mohammed."
She added, "To be clear: I never asked Mohammed Nuru to do anything improper, and he never asked me to do anything improper. 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."
While rules from the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state's campaign watchdog, do not require disclosure of gifts "by an individual with whom the official has a long term, close personal friendship unrelated to the official’s position," Breed said she would voluntarily report the gift on her Statement of Economic Interests form that's due on April 1.
What Breed did not mention is that the gift she received from Nuru appears to violate city ethics rules.