Mayor Gavin Newsom has temporarily removed from office a San Francisco city supervisor accused of shaking down small business owners having permit problems.
City officials say Newsom replaced Ed Jew on the 11-member Board
of Supervisors with Carmen Chu of the mayor's budget office.
Jew has been charged in federal court with fraud.
Jew has ignored Newsom's call for resignation, first aired Friday after the supervisor was charged with attempting to extort up to $80,000 from owners of several Quickly tapioca drink outlets in the city.
San Francisco City Attorney Kamala (KAHM-a-LA) Harris previously
charged Jew with perjury and election code violation for allegedly lying about living in the city.
Harris accuses Jew of living outside the district he represents and illegally running for election.
Jew has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
His attorney Steven Gruel (GREWL) didn't immediately return a telephone call.