April 15 wasn’t just Tax Day, it was the deadline for public officials to file their statement of economic interests. State law requires anyone serving in elected office or appointed to a commission to announce any gifts, property or income other than what he or she earns as a public servant. The files are all publicly available on the Ethics Commission website, and here are a few insights from the finances of our leaders in 2012. Read More
A defamation lawsuit filed against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife by their neighbors was dismissed Friday, according to court records.
Ivory Madison and her husband Abraham Mertens filed the lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court in January, arguing that Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez falsely accused them of various crimes and misconduct during the sheriff's domestic violence case last year that nearly led to his removal from office. Read More
Several dozen inmates in San Francisco jails shimmied and sweat Thursday in a behind bars choreography aimed at symbolizing an end to violence against women on Valentine's Day.San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi invited a local choreographer to organize the flash mobs several months after his own domestic violence case nearly led to his ouster from office last year.Numerous inmates said they found participating in the dance inspiring. Read More
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is helping to organize a choreographed dance by inmates and staff at county jails on Thursday as part of an international campaign against domestic violence.
Mirkarimi, whose own domestic violence case nearly led to his ouster from office last year, has invited the group Dancing Without Borders to coordinate a dance in both the men's and women's jails, sheriff's Chief Deputy Kathy Gorwood said today. Read More
San Francisco International Airport activity is at a record high — a recent report says more than 44 million people traveled through the hub last year. As a supervisor in 1977, Harvey Milk objected to SFO expansion, so he might not be pleased with this frenetic pace. Read More
Nothing defined local headlines like newly elected Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s domestic violence scandal, which reignited political bitterness at City Hall and forced many San Franciscans to reconsider their own values. The public melee began when a police investigation of Mirkarimi’s household coincided with the sheriff’s awkward inauguration ceremony. Read More
Two months have passed since four supervisors controversially voted against permanently ousting suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, but the Mayor’s Office and other opponents are keeping the heat on the lawman and the domestic violence issue that he broached. Read More
The effort to recall Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was reinvigorated Wednesday with the creation of an online petition.
Grass-roots organization Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff is seeking 50,000 signatures to present to Mirkarimi and ask him to resign, but it gave no deadline for reaching that goal. Read More
Outgoing Supervisor Christina Olague unloaded some hard feelings Thursday in front of officials from the Department on the Status of Women, who listened to the supervisor complain that she was bullied by local victim advocates because of her race and politics.
After her controversial October vote to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi amid his spousal domestic violence scandal, Olague became the target of television ads calling for her to be voted out of office. Read More