The atmosphere was jovial and insular last Thursday afternoon as supporters of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi sat on the ground or in lawn chairs outside the hearing room where the Ethics Commission would soon consider whether he should be permanently removed from office. Read More
Suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has portrayed violence against his wife, Eliana Lopez, as a one-time mistake that made him immediately remorseful over its impact upon his family. But as The City’s Ethics Commission continues considering tonight whether Mirkarimi should be permanently removed from office, his next-door neighbors present a much different view of the family’s relationship. Read More
A packed, at times raucous, hearing Tuesday evening for the possible permanent dismissal of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi produced indications that the Ethics Commission would like to narrow the focus and quicken the pace of what will likely be a contentious public spectacle. Read More
A video showing the bruised and tearful wife of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi could be shown publicly, depending on a decision likely to be made today by The City’s Ethics Commission.
Mayor Ed Lee suspended the newly elected sheriff from his job without pay in March, after Mirkarimi’s guilty plea in the high-profile domestic violence case that stemmed from a New Year’s Eve argument that turned physical at the couple’s home. Read More
Before The City’s Ethics Commission kicks off its official misconduct investigation of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarmi in about three weeks, it will first have to vote on the ground rules that will govern the hearing.Those decisions will not only determine what sort of evidence commissioners rely upon as they decide whether to recommend the ex-sheriff’s permanent ouster, but also the likely tenor and volume of news coverage of the ethics inquest. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office Wednesday afternoon after serving his attorney with a nine-page document outlining charges of alleged official misconduct, which could result in his permanent removal from the office he has held since January. Read More
Amid calls for changes to The City’s public financing program, which is available for mayoral and supervisor candidates, the Ethics Commission will debate what a revised program should look like. The first hearing is set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Room 408 at City Hall. Read More
Much has been made of Mayor Ed Lee’s allegedly laundered campaign contributions this election season, but many of his opponents also have taken illegal money — amid considerably less scandal.
City ethics rules forbid candidates from taking money from people involved in organizations awarded city contracts worth more than $50,000 if those contracts are approved by the candidates in their current city jobs or by the office they are seeking. Read More