Kamala_Harris.jpgI saw Kamala Harris getting into a Lincoln town car with a driver the other day, and wondered: who’s paying for that car? Is it a state election thing? Is it city police? What other city officials have their own drivers?

“As advised by the SFPD, the DA has a security detail provided by DA investigators,” DA office spokesperson Erica Derryck told me. “We have a unit of DA investigators in our office. They are, for the most part, sworn officers, many of which are former SFPD. Security detail is provided by those individuals.” Derrick couldn’t say much more about how the security detail works, but she did tell me that the DA had a security detail “prior to the fact that she’s running for office.”

What other city officials have their own drivers? According to Sgt. Lyn Tomioka, the SFPD only provides a security detail for two officials: the Chief of Police, George Gascón, and Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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  • bloomsm

    Agree that she has been traveling with security for a long time. I attended a Giants game three years ago and was seated next to a member of her detail. She gets death threats from people in jail all the time.

  • bloomsm

    Agree that she has been traveling with security for a long time. I attended a Giants game three years ago and was seated next to a member of her detail. She gets death threats from people in jail all the time.

  • mikesonn

    I thought MUNI was Newsom’s driver?

  • mikesonn

    I thought MUNI was Newsom’s driver?

  • Equiman

    Speaking of sanitation engineer for janitor, or ‘transparent-wall maintenance officer’ for window cleaner,

    Each day in the SFFD, 6 Chiefs in Suppression have $125,000 a year drivers.

    It is an annual cost of $3.5 million dollars.

    At that price, naturally, the SFFD no longer calls them “Drivers.”

    They have been promoted to “Incident Support Specialists.”

    However, they still drive a Chief.

  • Equiman

    Speaking of sanitation engineer for janitor, or ‘transparent-wall maintenance officer’ for window cleaner,

    Each day in the SFFD, 6 Chiefs in Suppression have $125,000 a year drivers.

    It is an annual cost of $3.5 million dollars.

    At that price, naturally, the SFFD no longer calls them “Drivers.”

    They have been promoted to “Incident Support Specialists.”

    However, they still drive a Chief.

  • Hank Chinaski

    I’ll be her driver.

    I think she’s beautiful.

    Hope she likes my poetry and cooking.

    Plus I make a pretty good pot of coffee in the morning, along with some bacon and eggs and sourdough toast and butter (unsalted).

    – Hank

  • Hank Chinaski

    I’ll be her driver.

    I think she’s beautiful.

    Hope she likes my poetry and cooking.

    Plus I make a pretty good pot of coffee in the morning, along with some bacon and eggs and sourdough toast and butter (unsalted).

    – Hank

  • Goldstein

    How much does a DA investigator earn per year? Is their salary paid for by the taxpayers? Does Kamala use them to drive her to fundraisers and to protect her while she is at her own fundraising event for all those hours? Did supervisor Mirkarimi try to expose that practice?

  • Goldstein

    How much does a DA investigator earn per year? Is their salary paid for by the taxpayers? Does Kamala use them to drive her to fundraisers and to protect her while she is at her own fundraising event for all those hours? Did supervisor Mirkarimi try to expose that practice?