Today, the Ethics Commission is set to issue its final recommendation on the matter of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. No one knows for sure how this will turn out, but there is at least one compelling reason for the commission to recommend removal, even without getting into disputed facts. Read More
The first of two final judgments on suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s future will be made this month by The City’s Ethics Commission, which has now heard every last account, opinion and expression of outrage that San Francisco could muster. Commissioners spent months at the center of an epic maelstrom of public intrigue and mounting legal paperwork. Read More
The popular image of a sheriff is one of a hard-bitten crime fighter. But for the past three decades, San Francisco has had a sheriff who was part lawman, part social worker — a crime fighter who cared about the welfare of the people he put behind bars. Read More
It will be his last act as a San Francisco official, but it also could be the single most viscerally pleasing deed in the long career of Michael Hennessey.The outgoing sheriff, who is retiring after 32 years on the job, will christen a wrecking ball today before it takes the first swipe at the infamous San Francisco County Jail No. 3. Read More
My fascination with watching politics is a constant source of amusement for my family and friends. They don’t see what is so interesting about televised sausage-making, but I think there are gems in every Board of Supervisors agenda. For example, here are some items that are going before the board today. Read More
Updated election results Thursday gave Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi a victory in the San Francisco sheriff race, becoming the first new face to lead the department in more than 30 years.“Our position of victory is quite secure,” Mirkarimi told reporters. Read More
A huge drop in narcotics arrests citywide does not seem to have affected the overall rate of violent crime in The City, which has some observers calling into question traditional police philosophy linking drug activity and violence.
Police statistics show a 25 percent drop in drug arrests this year over last, and a 6 percent decrease in overall violent crime. Drug arrests in 2010 were 39 percent off 2009 totals, while violent crime dropped 3 percent that year. Read More
Two drug-related police scandals inadvertently have helped The City prepare for an influx of inmates under the state’s recently implemented prison realignment plan.
The inmate population at San Francisco’s jails dropped sharply in early 2010 after the Police Department’s drug lab scandal came to light and again this year after allegations began surfacing about police misconduct during drug raids at residential hotels, Sheriff’s Department statistics show. Read More
A double-murder suspect who is refusing to eat and is possibly suicidal should be forcibly kept alive, lawyers for The City will argue Friday.The City Attorney’s Office has filed a civil court petition in the case of Hong Ri Wu, office spokesman Jack Song said Wednesday. Wu is in a jail medical unit at San Francisco General Hospital and has reportedly been surviving for more than a month on just water. Read More
San Francisco has had the same sheriff for more than 30 years, but this November, as the public safety department faces a new major challenge, voters will select a new leader to take over.
Sheriff Michael Hennessey announced his retirement in February, marking the end of an era of steady leadership by a man well-liked and praised for his innovative programs to help the incarcerated turn their lives around. Read More