SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Longtime San Francsico Supervisor Aaron Peskin announced Thursday he was entering alcohol rehabilitation, the news following reported complaints about his behavior at City Hall in recent days.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Peskin, known for his irascible demeanor, was the subject of complaints from a number of city staffers and elected officials over his alleged inappropriate behavior.READ MORE: Gas Leak In San Francisco's Inner Richmond Prompts Shelter-In-Place, Evacuations
In a statement released Thursday, Peskin said,
“After serious consideration, I have decided to enter into alcohol treatment under the guidance of professionals. I stand by my long legislative and civic record but must also take full responsibility for the tenor that I have struck in my public relationships — for that, I am truly sorry. I’m extremely grateful to my family, colleagues, staff and constituents for their understanding and support as I work through the difficult issues that I’m finally confronting. I take seriously my duties and responsibilities as a community member and public official and remain deeply committed to the issues and legislative agenda that I have pursued on behalf of the people of San Francisco for two decades.”
I’m making the following announcement and formal apology today – and sincerely appreciate the support I have received thus far and will depend on in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/9ARAN92NJn
— Aaron Peskin (@AaronPeskin) June 10, 2021READ MORE: UPDATE: Cal ISO Extends Flex Alert Into Friday; Bay Area, NorCal Heat Wave May Break Records
Peskin was elected District 3 supervisor in 2015 after previously serving two terms from 2001 to 2009. His district includes neighborhoods like Nob Hill, North Beach, Chinatown and the Financial District.
In 2018, Peskin was accused of being intoxicated at the scene of large fire on St. Patrick’s Day fire in North Beach, verbally berating fire department personnel including Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and calling on her to resign.
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