July 16, 2013
Infamous San Francisco Permit Expediter Facing 232 Felony Counts
Jimmy Jen, the infamous San Francisco building permit "expediter" who was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of forging the signatures and stamps of two licensed engineers for nearly 100 construction projects in the city will face trial on 232 felony counts:
According to prosecutors, Jen, an engineer himself who wasn't always licensed, was often hired by the owners of single-family homes to expedite The City's permitting process. Rather than hiring a licensed engineer to review their construction projects, he allegedly impersonated unwitting engineers.
The construction projects affected were mostly residential, but also included the complete redevelopment of the Alexandria Theater in the Richmond district. Jen's ex-wife, Nancy Jen, was reportedly the largest stakeholder in the theater. Other projects included the expansion of a ground-floor unit in the Mission and the replacement of a foundation in Presidio Heights, prosecutors said.
At the time of Jen’s arrest, none of the projects for which Jen had forged a signature had been found to be problematic according to Department of Building Inspection. And once again, expect those who employed the "expediter" to feign ignorance of any possible wrongdoings.
First Published: July 16, 2013 6:00 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Is this a different developer/engineer? I suppose so...
Posted by: soccermom at July 16, 2013 10:01 AM
Seems a little bit harsh, considering what I read about people doing (or should I say getting away with) in San Francisco pretty much every day. But then that why Jim Jones got away with being a nut job for so long. We lack common sense and proportionality..
Posted by: egg_cream_of_OCD at July 16, 2013 4:42 PM
greater crimes do not excuse smaller ones. that, and there's no accounting for taste.
Posted by: EH at July 16, 2013 8:34 PM
He's gonna have to do some probation or something for this.
Posted by: Jimmy (No Longer Bitter) at July 17, 2013 5:53 AM
This guy has been in the system for so long. Around 2006 his wife bought a house on my street, a real dump with long time protected tenants, and then almost immediately it burned down under mysterious circumstances, allowing him to evict the tenants. He quickly rebuilt, she had the listing, and they sold the house the hot market, making a cool 700k. I don't think anyone thought he didn't burn down the house, but of course no prosecution ever followed. What has he been up to lately?
Posted by: 4oceans at July 17, 2013 12:41 PM
Staying out of jail and making more money would be my guess.
I do not honestly see the problem with people paying more to expedite permits. Market pricing is an excellent way to distribute (arbitrarily in this case) scarce resources.
Forging PE stamps... not such a good idea. He should probably receive six strokes of a cane for that one and be released to contemplate his sins.
Posted by: Jimmy (No Longer Bitter) at July 17, 2013 2:19 PM