Fresh off his dramatic rise from the ashes following a domestic violence scandal and subsequent official misconduct hearings, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is wasting no time rebuilding his image as one of the most liberal lawmen in the country.
Mirkarimi put out a news release Friday saying he is actively registering San Francisco County Jail inmates to vote, with influential Bayview religious figure the Rev. Amos Brown and a CNN broadcast crew in tow. Read More
The ballots are out — and the gloves are off — in the fight over whether San Francisco should study draining and replacing its primary water reservoir in the Hetch Hetchy Valley of beloved Yosemite National Park.
In the latest iteration of a centurylong fight over the dammed river valley, restoration advocates are accusing The City of dedicating employee time and taxpayer money to defeat their effort, Proposition F, on the November ballot. The use of taxpayer funds and city resources to advocate or speak out against such measures is prohibited by law. Read More
The National Football League has chosen San Francisco as one of two finalists to host the 2016 or 2017 Super Bowl — although the game would be played 50 miles south of The City at the 49ers’ new home in Santa Clara.
Still, Mayor Ed Lee applauded Tuesday’s announcement and said that hundreds of millions of dollars could be pumped into the region if San Francisco is selected.
“San Francisco has proven time and again that we know how to host the world for major events and shine on the international stage,” Lee said in a statement. Read More
Commission hears about roof repair and other structural plans for the Telegraph Hill landmark.
The 210-foot concrete tower, erected in 1933, was the subject of debate in the June 5 election when proponents of the successful Proposition B argued that The City’s Recreation and Park Department was not taking good care of the structure and its Depression-era murals. However, the fixes now under consideration were planned and announced by Mayor Ed Lee in the days leading up to the election and technically have nothing to do with the ballot measure. Read More
Domestic violence is the topic de jour at City Hall after last week’s divisive decision by four San Francisco supervisors to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi following his temporary removal from office stemming from an incident involving his wife.
Supervisor Eric Mar said he’ll introduce a resolution today encouraging city workers to recognize the signs of a co-worker having been abused. Mar offered few other details on the policy, but members of The City’s Commission on the Status of Women said it could mirror one adopted by Los Angeles in 1998. Read More
Like 911 for emergencies and 311 for potholes, San Francisco now has a dedicated phone line for campaign corruption — just in time for election season.
On Monday, District Attorney George Gascón and Department of Elections Director John Arntz called the hotline necessary to “maintaining the public’s confidence.” Read More
Two Democrats vying to represent the west side of San Francisco and the northwest corner of San Mateo County will face off on this November’s ballot, with one claiming to be an alternative to “politics-as-usual” in Sacramento.
Legal services company co-founder Michael Breyer says if he’s chosen to represent District 19, formerly District 12, he’ll bring the change that won’t be priority for his opponent, San Francisco’s current elected Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. Read More
Well-documented turmoil at The City’s Arts Commission appears to be smoothing itself out with new leaders at the helm, the Board of Supervisors essentially ruled Thursday.
The commission has been marred in recent years by reports of mismanagement of funds, personnel resignations and even hubbub around a sizable city contract it approved for an artist who once shot a dog and filmed it. Read More
Despite a 10-month public ordeal and the expenditure of $1.3 million in city legal resources to pursue his ouster, San Francisco’s restored Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi began to reassume his post Tuesday amid palpable tension at City Hall.
In March, Mayor Ed Lee began seeking the elected sheriff’s removal following a domestic violence scuffle in which Mirkarimi admitted to grabbing his wife’s arm hard enough to bruise it. Read More
Following a nine-month ordeal, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was returned to his post Tuesday night when the Board of Supervisors declined to uphold the rarely used official misconduct charges filed in March by Mayor Ed Lee.
A majority of supervisors supported Lee’s push to remove the sheriff over his misdemeanor false imprisonment conviction stemming from a Dec. 31 physical altercation with his wife at the couple’s home. But four supervisors said Mirkarimi’s behavior was not official misconduct under the City Charter and that his removal could make it too easy to oust elected officials in the future.
See how the Board of Supervisors voted on whether or not to retain Ross Mirkarimi at the end of the article.
The latest battle in the intermittent centurylong war to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is intensifying as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Read More
The long legal battle over removing suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will finally reach some kind of conclusion Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors, as its 11 members decide whether the former supervisor committed official misconduct surrounding an incident in which he bruised his wife’s arm last winter. Read More
More animosity is brewing on the San Francisco waterfront over preparations for next fall’s America’s Cup main event.
Following complaints last week that race organizers aren’t living up to much-discussed labor agreements with The City, America’s Cup officials have now been taken to task by a race competitor over altered plans to provide staging areas just south of the Bay Bridge. Read More
Citing a sizable and inappropriate rise in public nudity in San Francisco’s Castro district, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation Tuesday to expand restrictions on what he called an “ad hoc nudist colony” cavorting around The City’s streets and plazas.
Wiener said that while the Castro’s reputation for promoting free expression is part of the neighborhood’s character, some nudists have taken matters too far. Read More
Of all the items on the November ballot that will garner voter attention, a plan to realign the election schedule for citywide offices might get lost in the mix.
Proposition D would move the city attorney and treasurer races into the same cycle as contests for mayor, district attorney and sheriff. The measure, which was placed on the ballot by unanimous approval from all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, has not drawn any funding for support or opposition. Read More