I’m enjoying party season in San Francisco, except for the fact that I’m asked routinely about whether Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is going to be the subject of a recall.
Honestly, I don’t know.
I do know that several groups are considering it and they are very aware that a special election for a recall would be vulnerable to the argument that the whole process is a waste of money. Elections aren’t cheap; they cost about $4 million. So the smarter move would be to combine the recall election with a regular local election. The next one is Nov. 5, when we are scheduled to vote on the city attorney and treasurer.
As you might imagine, there are all sorts of timelines and funky procedural hoops that a recaller would have to jump through, but assuming a Nov. 5 election date, here is the general timeline for a recall:
The election itself would not be a “recall and replace” event; it would be a “recall-only” event. If the recall were successful, Mayor Ed Lee would appoint Mirkarimi’s replacement.
There. Now you can enjoy the party.
Melissa Griffin’s column runs each Thursday and Sunday. She also appears Mondays in “Mornings with Melissa” at 6:45 a.m. on KPIX (Ch. 5). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.