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The city of San Francisco is being sued by a preservation group! The suit claims that former mayor Newsom and the Board of Supes bent the rules a tiny bit to help Richard Johns become a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. You see, Gertrude Platt and the Prop. J Committee think Johns doesn't have the proper qualifications to hold a seat designated as a historian. He's a lawyer who was president of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society for four years, but according to the suit, he was a college English major who didn't take courses in history, nor has he written any articles on a historical subject. Tony Winnicker, spokesman for Mayor Edd Lee, said Johns "exceeds the qualifications" and "we're certain the Board's confirmation will prevail." [SF Gate]