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.
When police officers shoot and kill an unarmed person, they are suspended with pay for the duration of the investigation. What the people of San Francisco have witnessed for 10 months now has been aninquisition-like persecution of our elected sheriff. 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
The plastic bag surcharge is in effect in just about every store in The City — and, for better or worse, we all have suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to thank. Back when he was on the Board of Supervisors, plastic bags, PG&E and brevity were his enemies, although he only pushed through a law banning one of them. As of Oct. 1, stores must charge a dime for any bag they have to provide to customers. Read More
The Oct. 9 Board of Supervisors hearing and likely vote in suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct case is one of the most important decisions that lawmakers will face this year. Not only is Mirkarimi fighting for his job, but the case could establish precedent regarding what defines official misconduct in San Francisco and what power a mayor has to remove a public official. Read More
Resurgent perjury allegations against Mayor Ed Lee have fueled political tension at City Hall in advance of a special Oct. 9 Board of Supervisors hearing that is expected to conclude the nine-month hullabaloo about suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Read More
More than a year ago, the Ethics Commission recommended Mayor Ed Lee consider removing the head of the Library Commission for behavior that was deemed inappropriate conduct for a public official.
But Lee took no action – Jewelle Gomez remains the Library Commission chair – and ethics commissioners are now looking for answers. Read More
Former Mayor Willie Brown is flexing his political fundraising muscle yet again for District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague, only intensifying her opponents’ criticism that she is beholden to moderate special interests.
The charismatic Brown is holding a breakfast campaign fundraiser Friday morning for Olague at the Ferry Building with special guest Mayor Ed Lee, who appointed her in January to serve out the remainder of Ross Mikarimi’s term after he became sheriff. Read More
Increasingly detailed perjury claims against Mayor Ed Lee will be highlighted in a much-anticipated Board of Supervisors hearing to determine if suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should be permanently removed from elected office. Read More
The supervisorial election in the Haight, Fillmore and Western Addition is not just about neighborhood issues, but a rallying cry against The City’s direction.
District 5 is the most progressive of San Francisco’s 11 Board of Supervisors districts, and the officeholder has traditionally championed left-leaning causes. Read More