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.
Nobody was surprised to see this pro-high-rise Board of Supervisors affirm its earlier support for a huge waterfront height-limit break for the 8 Washington St. luxury condo project, which now goes to the voters to decide (“Board upholds support for 8 Washington plan,” Wednesday). Read More
Pressure is mounting on at least three supervisors to switch their votes in favor of allowing a 50-foot height increase for the 8 Washington St. luxury condo development.
Armed with a new voter poll, opponents of the contentious 134-unit development said supervisors who favored the development during its June approval are out of step with their constituents. Read More
A 40-year-old man was walking near City Hall on Saturday night when he was stabbed by two men who had asked what his gang affiliation was, police Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The victim said he told the men he was not a gang member and that’s when they stabbed him and fled, Shyy said. The man was hospitalized and originally said to be in serious condition, but as of Monday afternoon he was stable. Read More
When Mayor Ed Lee filed official misconduct charges against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, he put a fundamental question before the people of San Francisco. When does an official’s conduct fall “below the standard of decency, good faith and right action impliedly required of all public officers”?
The mayor’s testimony under oath before the Ethics Commission last Friday now requires that this question be answered about his own words and deeds. Read More
In your article about all the successful bike lanes around San Francisco (“Lane changes moving S.F.,” July 1), the author failed to point out the inherent problems with the new Golden Gate Park bike lanes. They’re unsafe for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians alike. Read More
A city Building Inspection Commissioner alleged that Mayor Ed Lee committed perjury Friday when he testified that he had not consulted with members of the Board of Supervisors before deciding to charge Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with misconduct. Read More
It took until about 5 in the morning, but spending changes in Mayor Ed Lee’s two-year budget were finally agreed upon Friday.
Pay raises for nonprofit workers, $1.2 million for a third legislative aide for members of the Board of Supervisors and $2 million for additional homeless services were among the changes. Read More
Suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi testified under oath Thursday night for the first time since abusing his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a Dec. 31 argument that has thrust his political and personal life into turmoil. Read More
Motorists beware — enforcement officers will be cracking down on parking scofflaws to help make up a new $17 million deficit at San Francisco’s transportation agency. Read More