San Francisco has a property tax whistleblower site where citizens can report failure of property owners to report property values and evade taxes. It's been used for large downtown commercial properties with Kimo Crossman as the most famous example of somebody finding large scale unpaid property taxes
But large downtown commercial properties aren't the only ones to under-report property values. Non profits do it as well, and in this case it's Randy Shaw and his Tenderloin Housing Clinic property at 900 Inness in the Bayview
Note: This email was sent to every single supervisor at San Francisco City Hall, in addition to the San Francisco Assessor-recorders office, The Chronicle, The SF Weekly, The Bay Guardian, and the Examiner
Attached please find a letter to the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Real Estate Watchdog Program and the United States Treasury Department Internal Review service regarding the Tenderloin Housing Clinic's failure to report a gift of land in in the City and County of San Francisco with an assessed value of $20 million in 2007 and the referenced Audited Financial Statements for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. The attachments to this letter will be provided to you under separate cover (e-mail).
It is apparent that the Tenderloin Housing Clinic is aware of the need per GAAP to record and report this valuable asset but, for reasons of its own, repeatedly and willfully chooses not to do so. The City, primarily with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, has awarded approximately $100 million in grants to the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and is currently facing significant budget deficits requiring considerable cuts to other non-for-profits. Non-recording/reporting of assets cannot simply be ignored or excused. The assets that a non-for-profit has available to it must be considered when the City is awarding grants regardless of whether they are competitive grants or not. According to it Contracts with the City, the Tenderloin Housing Clinic's concealment of assets may be grounds for fines, for suspension of grants, revocation of grants, and debarment from receiving grants.
The City Attorney's Office is aware of this repeated concealment of assets, however, it appears that mayoral candidate, Dennis Herrera's office finds "no violation" on the part of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic despite the repeated and well documented results of an independent auditor over the past three fiscal years.
Concealment of assets by any grantee should not be permitted and requires thorough investigation on the part of the Board of Supervisors and/or one or more of its sub-committees.
With Kind Regards