Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

Why Homes in the Bay Area Are Unaffordable

(Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)
Instead of new development, we got the Google piñata

Maybe it was the $2,070 bottle of wine. Or the junket to a hot spring in China. Or perhaps it was the John Deere tractor gifted for a vacation home in Colusa County. Or blabbing to his girlfriend about how he had granted a Chinese developer a shortcut through the maze of San Francisco’s permit process for new housing. Whatever the racket, by January 28 the FBI had seen enough, and its agents arrested San Francisco’s public-works director, Mohammed Nuru, on charges of fraud.  

At a post-arrest news conference, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California quoted the complaint

This article appears as “The Google Piñata” in the March 9, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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Michael GibsonMr. Gibson is a freelance writer and a co-founder of 1517 Fund, an early-stage venture-capital fund.

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