About a hundred people turned out last night at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club to hear Ross Mirkarimi discuss the domestic dispute with his wife that embroiled his first year as San Francisco Sheriff in controversy, legal disputes, a suspension from office and -- about six weeks ago -- reinstatement by the Board of Supervisors. I served as moderator.
Mirkarimi refuses to yield oversight (SF Chronicle) San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will let his undersheriff handle any disciplinary actions involving subordinates accused of domestic violence, but he will not give up oversight of his department’s domestic violence prevention programs, he wrote in a letter to Mayor Ed Lee. Mirkarimi is on probation after pleading … Continue reading A.M. Splash: SF Board Caps Micro-Apartments; Mirkarimi Holds Onto Domestic Violence Program; Academy of Art Accused of Landuse Violations →
California Democrats say they won supermajority control of Legislature (Sacramento Bee) Democratic legislative leaders declared Wednesday that they had captured a supermajority of each house, the first time in more than 100 years that the party has wielded such power. With all precincts counted, Democrats led in enough races to clear that two-thirds threshold, which … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Calif. Dems Say They Have Supermajority; Mirkarimi Recall in the Works; Suit Seeks to Block Sex Trafficking Law →
S.F., Oakland drop bid for U.S. school funds (SF Chronicle) Stuck in a standoff with teachers unions, the San Francisco and Oakland school districts have abandoned efforts to bring in up to $15 million each to develop high-quality math classes for upper-elementary and middle school students. The two districts spent months preparing a joint application … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Schools Drop Bid for US Funds; Top Execs Leave Apple; 49ers Stadium Money Challenged; DA Tries to Limit Mirkarimi →
California gas prices plunging (SJ Mercury News) California gas prices are plunging from record highs set two weeks ago as refineries come back on line, motorists drive less and the cheaper winter blend of fuel reaches neighborhood filling stations. That was expected. But here’s a surprise — a pleasant one: Prices may fall an additional … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Calif. Gas Prices Plunging; S. Bruno Officials Want George Mitchell to Quit PG&E Fine Mediation; Ed Lee in Rift With Mirkarimi Backers →
We’re back with photos of the news from around the Bay this week. Check ’em out. Eliana Lopez waves her hands in the air to support the speaker during public comments. The Mirkarimi supporters had been ordered to keep quiet but showed their support with hand waves at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting. … Continue reading News Pix: Mirkarimi Reinstated, Big Spending to Defeat Richmond Soda Tax and More →
Political analyst Corey Cook told me today in relation to the Mirkarimi vote that his “hope is that last night ended this and now we can talk about other things … rather than continuing to litigate this issue about whether Mirkarimi should be removed.” That’s may be wishful thinking. DA George Gascon today called on … Continue reading Gascon Calls on Mirkarimi to Recuse Himself From Domestic Violence Duties; Jane Kim Says Would Support Recall →
Four members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted late Tuesday that San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi should not be removed from office over a domestic violence case involving his actress wife. Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, thanked supporters after the vote.
Update 9:38 a.m. Here’s audio of Mirkarimi speaking on KQED Public Radio’s Forum show today. Here’s an edited transcript: Michael Krasny: You must be feeling pretty exuberant. Ross Mirkarimi: Exuberant, yes. My family hasn’t slept any. But I’m eternally grateful for all our incredible support and to the people of SF for having to endure … Continue reading Transcript, Audio: Mirkarimi Criticizes DA, Police, Domestic Violence Agencies →
Watch the hearing live on SFGovTV. Watch archival videos and read News Fix’s coverage of the story so far. Listen to recordings of Mirkarimi, Mayor Ed Lee and interim Sheriff Vicki Hennessy discussing the case. San Francisco Supervisors are planning to decide today whether Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may keep his job after pleading guilty in a … Continue reading Live Video, Tweet Coverage: SF Supes Reinstate Mirkarimi as Sheriff →