Newsom stands by Planning Department head 

While some city planners might not be standing behind their department head John Rahaim, Mayor Gavin Newsom is.

The mayor on Thursday defended Rahaim in his decision to fire a handful of city planners in May after an uncensored pornographic email was sent around the Planning Department office.

Rahaim confirmed that there was an anonymous letter being circulated among city planners asking the mayor to fire Rahaim.

Although Newsom hasn’t seen the letter himself, the mayor caught wind of it and countered it saying Rahaim did the right thing.

“I’m one of the few people who have intimate details of the reasons why John Rahaim has done what he has done,” Newsom said. “I’ve seen a lot more than I wanted to see and know about what occurred and precipitated in the director making the personnel decisions he has made. So I stand by what he has done.”

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