A.M. Splash: Jump-starting California Executions; Mirkarimi Fights to Keep Job; New App to Help Muni

Two prosecutors try to jump-start California executions (San Jose Mercury News) With California voters readying to consider whether to retain the death penalty, two prominent district attorneys, including San Mateo County’s, are mounting a rebel legal campaign to kick-start executions in San Quentin’s long-dormant death chamber. Ross Mirkarimi stepping up efforts to to keep job … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Jump-starting California Executions; Mirkarimi Fights to Keep Job; New App to Help Muni →

A.M. Splash: Auditor — Some of S. Jose’s Estimated Pension Costs ‘Unsupported’; Poll — Most Want Mirkarimi Out; Richmond Cops Avoid Prison

State Auditor calls San Jose pension estimates ‘unsupported’ (SJ Mercury News) The California State Auditor on Tuesday reported San Jose “likely overstated” that its future pension costs could reach $650 million by 2015, a figure the audit called “unsupported” and which the mayor cited early last year in building the case for a ballot measure … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Auditor — Some of S. Jose’s Estimated Pension Costs ‘Unsupported’; Poll — Most Want Mirkarimi Out; Richmond Cops Avoid Prison →

Does Mirkarimi Have the 3 Votes He Needs to Keep His Job?

Will they or won’t they? San Francisco’s Ethics Commission has found that Ross Mirkarimi committed official misconduct when he bruised his wife’s arm during a heated argument seven-and-a-half months ago. That incident resulted in the San Francisco sheriff pleading guilty to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment, which in turn led to his suspension by … Continue reading Does Mirkarimi Have the 3 Votes He Needs to Keep His Job? →

A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi’s Fate in Hands of Supes; Facebook Stock Hits Record Low

Panel: Mirkarimi engaged in misconduct (SF Chronicle) The San Francisco Ethics Commission set the stage for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s potential removal from office when it voted 4-1 Thursday to find he engaged in official misconduct stemming from a Dec. 31 argument where he bruised his wife’s arm. Despite the commission’s ruling that the majority … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi’s Fate in Hands of Supes; Facebook Stock Hits Record Low →

Ethics Commission: Mirkarimi Committed Official Misconduct

The Ethics Commission voted 4-1 to sustain findings of official misconduct, with Commissioner Ben Hur dissenting. They will create a summary document of their hearing at a later date for the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors now has 30 days to act, although it is unclear whether that clock begins Thursday night after … Continue reading Ethics Commission: Mirkarimi Committed Official Misconduct →

A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Report Due; Bay Area Housing Prices Up; Lawsuit Filed in Chevron Fire; Memorial Stadium Opens; Brown Twins Separated

Dueling sheriff rallies (SF Chronicle) The next round of the official misconduct case against suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi begins at 9 a.m. Thursday in a City Hall hearing room when the Ethics Commission reconvenes to recommend whether to uphold the charges brought by Mayor Ed Lee. There, at the onset, commissioners and City … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Report Due; Bay Area Housing Prices Up; Lawsuit Filed in Chevron Fire; Memorial Stadium Opens; Brown Twins Separated →

Judge Lifts Order Barring Mirkarimi Contact With Wife

(Bay City News) After more than six months of separation, suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi had his restraining order lifted this morning in San Francisco Superior Court to allow him to reunite with his wife. The protective order was issued when Mirkarimi was arrested in January in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in … Continue reading Judge Lifts Order Barring Mirkarimi Contact With Wife →

A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Hearing Continues; Mayor’s Alleged Perjury Ruled Irrelevant; New Bomb Threat Details

Eliana Lopez testifies at ethics hearing (SF Chronicle) One second, Eliana Lopez said, sent her life spiraling into “disaster.” The Dec. 31 incident in which her husband, suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, grabbed her arm causing a bruise lasted just one second, but it set off a chain of events that include his misdemeanor … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Hearing Continues; Mayor’s Alleged Perjury Ruled Irrelevant; New Bomb Threat Details →

Mirkarimi’s Wife May Testify in Misconduct Case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wife of San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may testify in person at his misconduct hearing. An attorney for Eliana Lopez tells the San Francisco Chronicle that she’ll probably fly back to San Francisco from her native Venezuela to appear before the city Ethics Commission. She’s tentatively scheduled to testify on … Continue reading Mirkarimi’s Wife May Testify in Misconduct Case →

Mirkarimi, Ed Lee Testify at Ethics Hearing

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he would find it “extremely difficult” to work with suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi if Mirkarimi is able to get his job back. Lee made the remarks Friday while testifying before the city’s Ethics Commission. The five-member panel has convened a trial-like hearing to determine whether … Continue reading Mirkarimi, Ed Lee Testify at Ethics Hearing →

A.M. Splash: Muni to Deploy Behavioral-Recognition Security Cameras; Mirkarimi Wants City to Pay For His Lawyers

S.F. Muni cameras to look for abnormal behavior (SF Chronicle) A network of high-tech surveillance cameras programmed to detect unusual behavior and alert authorities will be installed in the Muni Metro subway system. The $3.6 million project, to be installed over five years starting next summer, will be found inside the stations and at the … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Muni to Deploy Behavioral-Recognition Security Cameras; Mirkarimi Wants City to Pay For His Lawyers →

A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Ethics Hearing; Death Row Suicide at San Quentin

Mirkarimi ethics hearings off to a slow, raucous start (SF Examiner) 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. Wife’s … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Ethics Hearing; Death Row Suicide at San Quentin →

A.M. Splash: Judge Orders Mirkarimi Case Video Released to Mayor; Richmond to Put ‘Soda Tax’ on Ballot; Reversal on Youth Prison System Phaseout

Judge turns video in Mirkarimi case over to mayor (SF Chronicle) One of the most emotional pieces of evidence in the domestic violence case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, a video of his tearful wife that she fought strenuously to keep from public view, may now be used to oust the sheriff for official misconduct. … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Judge Orders Mirkarimi Case Video Released to Mayor; Richmond to Put ‘Soda Tax’ on Ballot; Reversal on Youth Prison System Phaseout →

A.M. Splash: May Day Wrap Up; Lee Says Mirkarimi Attempted ‘Cover-Up’; SJ Council Deadlocks on Pension Reduction; Quan Recall Effort Sputtering

Thousands march in Oakland in May Day protest (SF Chronicle) Thousands marched throughout Oakland Tuesday in a kaleidoscopic variety of protests ranging from skirmishes with police to dancing, chanting throngs of demonstrators peacefully waving signs calling for an end to economic inequality and a strengthening of worker rights. S.F. police clear occupied church building (SF … Continue reading A.M. Splash: May Day Wrap Up; Lee Says Mirkarimi Attempted ‘Cover-Up’; SJ Council Deadlocks on Pension Reduction; Quan Recall Effort Sputtering →