SF Planning Officials in the Hot Seat Over X-Rated Emails

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, May 5, 2010  |  Updated 12:17 PM PDT
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X-Rated Email Probe Targets SF City Officials

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Sources at San Francisco City Hall say the director of the City's planning commission, John Rahaim, has recommended firing four upper level employees over alleged e-mails that contained X-rated images and videos.

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It seems officials at the SEC aren't the only government employees with a habit of porn-gawking on the job.

Sources at San Francisco City Hall told the Chronicle's Matier and Ross that the director of the City's planning commission, John Rahaim, has recommended firing four upper level employees over alleged e-mails that contained X-rated images and videos.

The source told paper that Zoning Administrator Larry Badiner is among the four and that as many as two dozen employees have received emails that contained sexually explicit pictures and videos. The NSFW emails also allegedly contained jokes and comments that some took as racist and homophobic.

From their column:

The material wasn't criminal - we're talking "Debbie Does Dallas" stuff, not child porn - but it was "incredibly inappropriate for the workplace," said one source, who would speak only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the personnel case.

Badiner is not believed to have sent any of the explicit emails but he did receive some of them and didn't stop them from circulating.

A female employee blew the whistle in December, complaining that she had received several of the emails.

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