Ivory Madison was the person who filmed Eliana Lopez tearfully describing the bruise that Ross Mirkarimi left on her arm. And Madison, a neighbor of the sheriff and his wife, Lopez, was the person who notified authorities about the abuse. But Madison never personally testified to the Ethics Commission about whether the sheriff should be removed from office.
In the proceedings to determine Mirkarimi’s future as sheriff, Madison submitted a detailed, 22-page declaration. Read More
On April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement agencies can strip-search anyone who is arrested and put in the general population of a jail. The case is called Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the petitioner is a man who was pulled over in 2005 for a traffic stop. He wasn’t ticketed, but a search of his name mistakenly showed a warrant for his arrest for failure to pay a fine in 2003. Read More
I have read of the domestic violence accusations against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with mixed feelings. After carefully looking at the facts, I don’t think a man who was about to be sworn in as sheriff would do something like this with so few days before his swearing-in ceremony. Also, there had not been any evidence of previous domestic violence in his household, and his wife did not contact the authorities herself. Read More
New rule: If you have a history of pushing the buttons of law enforcement and someday the public finds out you have been accused of a crime, then you can righteously declare yourself a victim of “forces at work that want to stop [you].”And your supporters will be far more enraged at the story getting out than at the fact that you have been accused of a crime. Read More
Saying they shared the same vision, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Planning Commissioner Christina Olague on Monday morning to serve as the District 5 supervisor representing the Fillmore, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition neighborhoods. The 50-year-old Olague had long been considered a likely choice to replace outgoing Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi — who was sworn in as sheriff Sunday — in the politically progressive district. Read More
“What’s the rush? He’s got until Tuesday,” said a friend who works at City Hall. It was Thursday and I had been pestering him to give up the identity of the mayor’s appointment to the vacant seat on the Board of Supervisors for District 5.
Former District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was sworn in as Sheriff yesterday, so the seat is officially empty. Read More
The City has approved tax breaks for biotech companies, film productions and Twitter, but it drew the line Tuesday at providing them for businesses that hire ex-felons. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who introduced the legislation that would offer a $10,000 tax break for each hire, said it was intended to prevent crime. But the proposal was blasted Tuesday by the more moderate members on the Board of Supervisors and failed in a 6-5 vote. Read More
Ross Mirkarimi, who currently represents District 5 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, filed papers Tuesday morning around 11:30 am with the Department of Elections to run for sheriff. Read More