Newsom wants to keep his promise to Wyclef Jean 

Mayor Gavin Newsom says he needs to hold true to the promise he made some time ago to Wyclef Jean, the popular Haitian-American musician who supported the mayor’s failed gubernatorial campaign.

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Newsom said he is considering putting together a delegation of experts from San Francisco to help in the rebuild effort.

“There are no building codes in Haiti,” Newsom said. “There is so much we can do and so much we can share with our expertise in this area in San Francisco.”

Newsom is also considering placing collection sites throughout The City where residents can donate to the immediate needs of the Haitian people.

The mayor said he wants to hold back on sending anyone until he is certain city representatives will not get in the way of current efforts.

But Newsom said he certainly wants to be of help, partly as a way to thank Jean for his support.

“The promise I made to him was to commit myself to Haiti … during that convention when he did that concert for us,” Newsom said. “Now is the best time to fulfill that.”

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