San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin announces he's entering alcohol treatment
San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin released a statement Thursday saying that he's entering alcohol treatment under the guidance of professionals.
"I stand by my long legislative and civic record but must also take full responsibility for the tenor that I have struck in my public relationships — for that, I am truly sorry," Peskin wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. "I'm extremely grateful to my family, colleagues, staff and constituents for their understanding and support as I work through the difficult issues that I'm finally confronting. I take seriously my duties and responsibilities as a community member and public official and remain deeply committed to the issues and legislative agenda that I have pursued on behalf of the people of San Francisco for two decades."
Peskin represents District 3, which includes the neighborhoods of North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, North Waterfront, Financial District, Nob Hill, Union Square, Maiden Lane, Polk Gulch and part of Russian Hill. He served on the Board of Supervisors from 2001 to 2009 and was re-elected to the board starting in 2015 and is known for his left-leaning progressive politics. He's also recognized as a neighborhood preservationist, stopping many building projects in San Francisco.
Peskin served as president of the board when Gov. Gavin Newsom was mayor and was known for challenging the then-mayor.
Peskin was reportedly intoxicated in 2018 when he ripped into fire officials at the scene of a St. Patrick's Day fire in North Beach.