Ross Mirkarimi

Last gasp ends the sordid Mirkarimi saga

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A San Francisco judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, which is likely to be the last step in an ugly and protracted political, legal, and administrative battle stemming from Mirkarimi grabbing Lopez's arm during an argument on Dec. 31, 2011.Read more »

Gascon skips valuable reform panel

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District Attorney George Gascon didn't show up for the town hall meeting that Sen. Mark Leno held on criminal justice reform last night. Gascon was scheduled to appear on a panel with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Chief Probation Officer Wendy Still, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, and Police Chief Greg Suhr (who also didn't show, sending Commander John Murphy instead).Read more »

DCCC's Mirkarimi resolution gets delayed

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San Franciscans will get a chance to take a deep breath – and their politicians will be able to get past Election Day – before wading back into the sordid saga surrounding Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's fitness for office, thanks to a resolution condemning him being pulled from tomorrow night's San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee agenda.Read more »

D5 shakeups flip the dynamics of that wild race

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[UPDATED AND CORRECTED] Wild and unsettling political dynamics have rocked the District 5 supervisorial race, with three major candidates having prominent endorsements withdrawn, the most significant being this week's mass exodus of support from the campaign of Julian Davis following his bad handling of allegations that he has mistreated women.Read more »

Gascón's challenge to Mirkarimi belies his own official shortcomings

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The backlash against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's reinstatement by those who oppose him has often been biting and bitter – an indicator that coming together around real solutions to domestic violence, something most supervisors pledged, could still be difficult – but t Read more »

Mayor's aide's totally inappropriate text to Olague

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Wow -- a source just passed me the text messages that Tony Winnicker, a senior advisor to Mayor Lee, send to Sup. Christina Olague after her vote on the Mirkarimi case.

It's totally crazy, outrageous -- and inappropriate coming from a top mayoral staffer. Check it out:Read more »

Mirkarimi case -- the aftermath

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So many things to think about after last night's Board of Supervisors vote on Ross Mirkarimi. It was a dramatic moment in local politics, a clear rejection of the mayor by four supes, including one of his appointees, a show of political courage by some and weakness by others.

But before I get into that, let me say:Read more »

Supervisors reinstate Mirkarimi, rejecting Lee's interpretation of official misconduct

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The Board of Supervisors has voted to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and reject the official misconduct charges that Mayor Ed Lee brought against Mirkarimi for grabbing and bruising his wife’s arm during a New Year’s Eve argument, for now ending an ugly saga that has polarized San Franciscans.Read more »

Credit to the supervisors. Seriously.

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Politicians get a lot of shit, and they generally deserve it. But I have to say: After listening to almost all of the debate over the removal of Ross Mirkarimi -- and watching the 4-7 vote to keep him in office -- I was impressed by the supervisors who got it right, took it seriously and provided thoughful and credible debate.Read more »

It's almost over: Supervisors set to decide Mirkarimi's fate

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If there's one thing that supporters and opponents of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi can agree on – and judging by the vitriolic tenor of the reader comments every time I write about this case, there isn't much – it's that everyone will be happy when this sordid scandal is behind us, which could happen today when the Board of Supervisors holds a marathon hearing and likely vote on whether to remove Mirkarimi from office for official misconduct.Read more »