SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The embattled head of San Francisco’s Housing Authority, who is on paid medical leave, is apparently opening a restaurant in Berkeley with his wife – a move that’s not sitting well with at least one San Francisco lawmaker.
Supervisor London Breed has called for an investigation into possible fraud on the part of Henry Alvarez, who Breed suggested should be solely focused on his health issues – because he is currently on paid medical leave.
Alvarez requested the time off in January as he faced growing criticism over his leadership. Dozens of agency employees had complained to Mayor Ed Lee’s office that Alvarez was essentially a bully. He was also slapped with three lawsuits from authority staff accusing him of discrimination and retaliation. Federal officials were also reportedly scrutinizing contracts the agency awarded during his tenure.
His medical leave was scheduled to run through March 29. He was being paid from accrued sick time benefits.