Perjury allegations against Mayor Ed Lee will seemingly remain no more than allegations.
District Attorney George Gascón said earlier this month that investigating alleged perjury during Lee’s June 29 testimony in the case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was the responsibility of the Ethics Commission, which is conducting the hearing. But after the commission ruled last week that the allegations were irrelevant to Mirkarimi’s case, Chairman Ben Hur called perjury a criminal matter that only the district attorney could adjudicate. Read More
Even as new evidence emerged Monday to corroborate a former city official’s suggestion that Mayor Ed Lee may have committed perjury before The City’s Ethics Commission, no San Francisco agency appeared likely to investigate the charges.Two San Francisco institutions agree that perjury allegations regarding Lee’s June 29 statements at suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct hearing should be taken seriously. But both suggested that responsibility for investigating the matter lay elsewhere. Read More
It is irrelevant whether or not Mayor Ed Lee lied during his sworn testimony in the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, The City’s Ethics Commission effectively ruled on Thursday night.
While commissioners said any matters of witness perjury should be taken very seriously, they all agreed that the specific truthfulness of two disputed under-oath statements made by Lee on June 29 would not impact the primary question before the commission — whether Mirkarimi committed official misconduct worthy of his removal from office. Read More
A man shot and killed by police yesterday in the Financial District after allegedly slashing a co-worker with a box cutter was identified as Pralith Pralourng, 32, of Oakland.
Pralourng was shot twice in the chest by an unidentified female police officer at Washington and Davis streets about 10:25 a.m. after he ran a few blocks south from his workplace at the TCHO chocolate factory on Pier 17 along The Embarcadero. Police said Pralourng brandished the box cutter when he was confronted by officers, only one of whom fired rounds. Read More
Eliana Lopez, the wife of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, briefly testified under oath for the first time Wednesday night in her husband’s ongoing official misconduct proceedings. She was asked by attorneys for The City about the Dec. 31 domestic dispute with her husband that eventually led to his arrest, conviction and suspension in March by Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
Plummeting inventory of homes for sale accompanied by a new wave of tech workers have San Francisco’s rental and real estate markets continuing to boom.
The average monthly price of an apartment lease has risen to $2,734 — up 12.9 percent since 2011 — according to data compiled by the rental data firm Real Facts. The spike in San Francisco rents seems to be spilling over to cheaper markets like Oakland, where the average rent is now $1,835 — up 14.4 percent since last year. Pacifica, where rents now average $1,908, has experienced a 15.6 percent increase. Read More
More tense testimony and pivotal decisions are in store this week for the growing cast of characters involved in the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
Just when the Ethics Commission inquest into the sheriff’s removal from office appeared to be winding down, the hearings were rocked by accusations of perjury against Mayor Ed Lee and Mirkarimi. Lee suspended Mirkarimi without pay in March after the latter pleaded guilty to domestic violence against his wife, Eliana Lopez. Read More
Suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct hearings are based on his March confession to misdemeanor domestic violence against his wife. To the casual observer, that might seem like sufficient reason to remove him from a top law enforcement post. Read More
PG&E — the utility responsible for the deadly and destructive 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno — wants to earn back your trust.
A television spot that began airing last week depicts CEO Tony Earley openly admitting that he took the helm of a company that had “lost its way.” Read More
The City Attorney’s Office argued on Thursday that Mayor Ed Lee’s alleged perjury is irrelevant to the official misconduct hearing against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.Lee set removal proceedings in motion in March by suspending Mirkarimi without pay because he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge involving his wife. But defense attorneys say the mayor might have lied during his June 29 testimony before The City’s Ethics Commission. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee expressed rare frustration Wednesday for what he called “reckless and outrageous” claims that he lied under oath during his testimony in the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Read More
Perjury allegations against Mayor Ed Lee could get folded into the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, but then again, they might not.
It’s up to The City’s Ethics Commission whether to subpoena additional witnesses to challenge what the mayor said in his June 29 testimony about his decision to suspend Mirkarimi. Lee set the process in motion in March, shortly after the sheriff pleaded guilty to a domestic abuse incident involving his wife. Read More
The Occupy movement has already targeted the 1 percent where they work, and now activists are going to seek them out where they play.
The upcoming annual redwood grove blowout party of the San Francisco-based Bohemian Club — the exclusive society that hosts some of the world’s most powerful and wealthy men — will be the subject of protest by regional Occupy groups planning to stage demonstrations at an amphitheater less than a half-mile away from the festivities. Read More
The laborious inquest into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be permanently removed from office seems certain to grow more complex as the panel is asked to consider perjury allegations related to recent testimony by Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
The impending rebirth of the Gold Dust Lounge is set to take place in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco’s most touristy neighborhood — a lofty title in a city constantly crawling with visitors. But proprietors of the once-embattled bar want to change that scene by bringing “the locals back” to an area they notoriously avoid. Read More