Mayor and Mirkarimi testify in Ethics probe before dramatic disruption

Mayor Ed Lee testifies under oath before the Ethics Commission.
Mike Koozmin

After Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi endured about four hours of questioning in his official misconduct proceedings, mostly from Deputy City Attorney Peter Keith, Mayor Ed Lee took the stand a little after 1pm. But just as Mirkarimi attorney Shepherd Kopp was beginning to pin Lee down on the selective manner in which he decided to launch these unprecedented proceedings, the commission suddenly announced the hearing was being suspended and the room would need to be cleared immediately.

There is speculation that there was a bomb threat or other security emergency, but officials have so far offered no explanation for the dramatic development or whether the hearing would reconvene today. Yet the room is still half-filled with journalists and audience members, some speculating that that the clearing of the room was simply an effort to get the unusually grim-faced Lee off the hot seat.

Kopp's questioning included pointed questions about whether he consulted any members of the Board of Supervisors before deciding to bring official misconduct charges against Mirkarimi in March. The city's objection was overruled after Kopp noted that the supervisors will ultimately decide Mirkarimi's fate. Forced to answer under oath, Lee said no, he didn't speak to any supervisors before filing charges.

But progressive activist Debra Walker says Sup. Christina Olague -- women who are close political allies and speak regularly -- has repeatedly told her that Mayor Lee asked her opinion before filing the charges. If true, that would mean Mayor Lee committed perjury, which is a felony. Yet as reporters confronted Olague outside her office, she denied ever speaking with Lee about the case and then barricaded herself in her office.

When the reporters lingered and persisted, she finally emerged, reiterated her denial, refused to speculate about why her friend Walker would make that claim, and said, "We're not allowed to discuss this matter with anyone before it comes to the board...I may have to recuse myself from voting on this."

It was unclear why she thought recusal might be necessary, but if she does that would hurt Lee's effort to get the nine votes on the board needed to remove Mirkarimi.

We'll have complete analysis of the testimony and other developments in next week's Guardian.



political agenda who was trying to save her neighbor from violence?

Wow. Just wow.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 3:38 am

of time looking at video and freezing frames in order to get to the REAL truth. This woman is obsessed - so it's no surprise she sees conspiracy and obsession lurking everywhere. She's becoming unhinged.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

I assume that the RN stands for registered nurse and wanted to propose a question to you that you might appreciate and can answer. Is not all violence inclusive of domestic violence considered a "POWER" game? Is not let us say "ABUSE of POWER" and "ABUSE OF OFFICE" not then also an act of violence also directed against the VICTIM? I wonder if this true if the domestic violence advocates will step forward for Ross. I mean it was domestic violence I believe coming from the "city family." It is an interesting question and wanted your take.

This is just my perspective because I believe that there should be NO HINT or INDICATION of just such a thing. Please let me know your thoughts.

Also did you notice at SFGTV on the 29th part one went up however I can not find part two (after the bomb scare - wink,wink,wink) and would like to see the Mayor's continued testimony. I want to be sure that under the same standards for official misconduct that this proceeding is not shall we say abuse of power or abuse of office for I believe that is where Ross' lawyer was going.

Another thing are you Patrick Monett-Shaw? If you are, how is your sunshine findings that were referred to the ethics commission cases 11013 & 11014 in which sunshine found against ethics and the controller ... has your experience been as quick and forthright as Ross' before the ethics commission? Have you gotten a response and wasn't this in the middle of last year 2011 that you got this from sunshine? If you are not please disregard.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 9:21 am

Briefly, as I'm trying to avoid wasting any more time with the T-party trolls here.
Yes, it is Registered Nurse (Hospice)
No. I'm not Patrick Monette-Shaw, however I have enormous respect for the work he continues to do in exposing the 'mismanagement' of our Public Health System, much of which occurred on the watch of Mitch Katz. Possibly one of he most egregious was the firing of Dr Derek Kerr, the founding Medical Director of the Laguna Honda Hospice Program, I believe a 'whistle blower' action is in the works.
I have stated previously that my displeasure with these proceedings is in no way a defense of Mirkarimi's reported actions. I abhor violence in any form, domestic or otherwise. My objection is to the fervor with which the political establishment and MSM have pursued this case, it seems like yet another example of politically driven selective 'law' enforcement.
Ethics and Sunshine are woefully lacking in the conduct of SF politics, though there seems to have been a slight improvement of late. Corruption, nepotism, back-room deals, and misconduct are common place, but rarely is any action taken. For example we have a Fire Chief who reportedly beaned her spouse with a bottle; a City Attorney who disenfranchised 30,000 residents by 'invalidating' their votes on an obscure technicality; and a former Mayor who engaged in 'inappropriate' sexual relations with a subordinate and admitted drug and alcohol abuse; all while holding public office; where was the outrage and legal pursuit of these 'offenses'.
There were also many reported 'irregularities' in the conduct of our current Mayor's election campaign. Why haven't these been fully investigated.
It's just business as usual and, like many others, I'm sick of the double standards.
Just my thruppence. Hope this answers your questions.
Have at it trolls.
It's business

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 9:07 am

characters in the local political scene, which is why she lost the D6 election to someone who was, at the time, a nobody with no DCCC backing.

And look at the dirt she's trying to cook up here. A conversation happened between Lee and Olagues, allegedly, which Walker was not present at. And yet Walker claims to be an expert on what was discussed, even though everyone who actually was present at the time says that is totally false.

Why is Walker lying except to try and save her "pal", the wife-beating Ross?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

So just who do you mean by 'you guys'; just what has 'gone against us'; we're all in the same corrupted reality; I think you are the one living in this escapist racist tea party fantasy.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Jun. 29, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

This is plan B for when Bevan Dufty can't call a recess.

Posted by marcos on Jun. 29, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

Ha ha ha. Yep someone needed a recess.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

He did just grab her arm but it's a sign of a larger pattern of abuse. He's abused other women ( including me ) and yes, It was physical but mostly verbal. But yes, Deborah Saunders, the verbal abuse counts too. If you know anything about domestic violence, you know it escalates from verbal insults to shoves and bruises. This is still a beating. Sometimes verbal and emotional abuse can be worse than physical abuse. At least when you are hit, you can look in the mirror and realize what was done was wrong. Mirkarimi finally needs to really realize what he's done is wrong and step away. He's hurt a lot of women, and Eliana isn't the only one.

Posted by Pamela Nice on Jun. 29, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

If all verbal abuse is to be prosecuted as a domestic violence precursor, then you're going to be needing to be building enough prisons to house more than half of the population. Good luck on that.

Posted by marcos on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 6:35 am

spouse. So yes, DV can be acts of violence, threats of violence, verbal abuse and harassment, demeaning, or throwing something, pouring something, spitting at them, and so on.

Part of the reason "progressives" don't get why Mirk was violenty and abusive is simply because they don't understand the nature of domestic violence and abuse.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 7:44 am


Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 8:22 am

Actually, City Hall has been evacuated numerous times over the last decade with bomb threats, and I have the photos to prove it. Today, the only one who was evacuated was Ed Lee.

Posted by sfmike on Jun. 29, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

There are whole policies and procedures for the evacuation of City Hall that involve designated meeting spots for each department and office around the outside of the building, none of which were put into place in this case.

The safety and security of comrade Stalin is paramount to the success of the revolution, wouldn't you say?

Posted by marcos on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 8:05 am

don't expect any real reporting from the Chronicle or the new now lukewarm"we don't cover any news" bay citizen run by Phil Bronstein.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 8:24 am

no truer words have been spoken. not only will you not get the full story, you will get hearsay, slander, lazy and biased commentary in lieu of fact-finding and a complete ignoring of any correction that hurts their campaign to oust the sheriff.

phil bronstein was part of the story. he told ivory madison to call the police. and yet when the story broke, the chronicle did not report that until an item line in a matier and ross column in april. and no interview, no hmm....

the only independent voice in the chronicle comes from debra saunders. rachel gordon should never cover anything beyond fires and car accidents. she has no ability to synthesize information, put it in context, do original reporting that might point to inconsistences of one side or another--in other words, she's an incompetent hack. c.w. nevius is so awful that he managed to turn one of the most lead-footed trial balloons--the mayor's floating a stop-and-frisk policy--into an apology. the reporting is so awful it merits its own investigation.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

Her opinion column sure is independent - direct from the RNC and the Tea Party on a daily basis.

Posted by Troll II on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

intellectual who happens to be a true conservative..She is not a religious right winger. Unlike the tea partiers, she's actually studied the Constitution. I disagree with her often, but not because her arguments are simple-minded. She's utterly right on this a good way.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 9:01 am

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Posted by Guest on Jun. 30, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

I just watched the Noyes video. Waggoner actually holds up a comic book written by Madison and tries to use the theme to impugn her testimony. Amazing.

So watch what you write, fiction writers. It could affect your integrity if you are later asked to testify to a crime.

And if you've written any Spider Man comics you better lay low for awhile.

Posted by Troll on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 9:56 am

Not once since this whole sordid debacle unfolded. She has kept silent while Eliana shot her mouth off at press conferences here and in Venezuela, she was silent when Ross defamed her and then was forced to publicly apologize to her under his plea agreement with the DA's office, she remained mute as Ross' legal team smeared her and her family, accusing them of being part of a vast racist and anti-progressive conspiracy.

Her dignity in this situation, especially compared to the disgusting conduct of Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, speaks volumes.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

reason not to speak. Look up the tort called MISREPRESENTATION.
Ross Mirkarimi never defamed IVory Madison.
Is it defamatory to report that she puffs her legal education? NO
Is it defamatory to report that she gave legal advice to Eliana to make a video, memorializing an arm grab, for use in later custody disputes? No

Is it defamatory to report that Ms. Madison sent heaps of gossipy, nasty emails seeking help in her campaign of destruction, prior to ever calling the police? NO

Is it defamatory to report that four days after getting Eliana do "let me tape her", videographer Madison had several conversations with Phil Bronstein, including one where he specifically told her the time was ripe to call the police? NO

You might want to take some time to look at all the exhibits and declarations and transcripts, before commenting further.
I"m sure you are a big respecter of women, and all. You must have been so verklempt when Eliana Lopez whose family has been ripped apart by this coup attempt, in your words, "shot her mouth off".

good day.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

and whatever other moniker you're using now. You're not the only one who has - you just show a level of obsession with your own version of the truth which blinds you to the reality that you may be wrong. In that respect, Christine, you're no different than a FOX News journalist. And since you now evince such deep respect for Debra Saunders ("the enemy of my enemy is my friend!!") I find your affinity for ad-hominem arguments as a substitute for good investigative reporting to be completely unsurprising.

Again Christine - what happened to you in your life that has compelled you to so vociferously defend a "very powerful man" who committed domestic violence? I see this phenomenon often in older women - they abandon their once strong feminist ideals amidst an obsession with egotistical men. It's sort of like you're undergoing domestic violence by proxy - and you're loving it.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

suddenly deciding that they are lesbians, or men, or whatever. At a certain age, if a woman's romances haven't worked out, or they realise they'll never have kids, or that their kids have deserted them, they take on . . . weirdness.

You see this particularly among women "of a certain age" on the left, such as Walker, Hestor and Carole (I wasn't drunk) Migden. They decide appearance doesn't matter and they don't have to try any more, except for some lost cause.

Christine looks like another case of the classic "grumpy old woman" syndrome. I suspect the viewing gallery for the RossGate hearings are full of them. It must smell like the perfume counter at Macy's in there, and look like an ocean swelling with peroxide.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

would smile once in a while. They fit your analysis to a T, except for the Macy's perfume part.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

She filed her ultimately unsuccessful age and sex discrimination lawsuit after she felt she was scorned by a few of those "very powerful" men and since then her life has basically become a long litany of complaints as her career has stalled out and then nosedived. So when one of those "very powerful" men pays her any attention she becomes obsessed with him and his "cause." She's basically identified herself with Ross - as Christine feels she's been attacked by the establishment and unjustly robbed of her place amongst the greats of history - so too does she perceive this as happening to Ross Mirkarimi. In the end this is no longer an issue involving Ross and the City of San Francisco. In Christine's mind it's become synonymous with her own bitterness and anger, with her fight - a fight which has never ended and which she feels she's been victimized.

Poor Christine. It's really quite sad that someone with such promise has ended up at this place in her life. A fill-in talk show host in overalls on an obscure AM radio station - attacking other women as militant feminists and defending the right of wives to get beat by their husbands.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

I'll bet she wears overalls at the law firm too. See state bar of california website.Beware of women lawyers !

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

Poor dear. Sister, my sister.

Posted by Troll II on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

She should talk to JCCourt, AnnG, Erika, Daniele, Dootsie and Coppermon.

Oh wait, they're all the same person!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 3:41 am

who has that big band of devoted sister wives would expect them to tell her the truth about various infidelities. Sometimes having way too much unearned money keeps you from facing reality,poor dear.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 9:23 am

Scary middle-aged women.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 11:17 am

wiveys who love their gossip..unless it's about them. They are soaking in special bath salts, cleansing their aging colons with trendy fasts, and getting their thrills from ziplining over the homeless, all while wearing upscale workout clothes. They know things about each other and each other's spouses and try so hard to keep their zipped and plumped lips shut, but alas the sordid truth always emerges. Ivory Madison is one of them. It's hard for her to keep secrets. You never know what she might have told someone on the fringes of the merry band, about the members of the merry band.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

is showing again. As ChrisCraft sits in her late-night fill-in slot on an obscure AM radio station, she imagines Ivory Madison with her husband and her child and she burns with resentment. Her rage and anger feed her and drive her forward as her lonely voice echoes through the radiowaves out over a cool and foggy San Francisco night: "Why doesn't anyone listen to me anymore?"

Posted by Troll II on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

an arm grab is not a beating.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

don't exactly put you fellows in a good light; but what ever did?

Posted by lillipublicans on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 7:19 am

Obviously it's all a vast right-wing conspiracy

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 8:58 am

Not a "right wing" conspiracy. Just right winger pieces of crap doing what they do best.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 9:54 am

Your handle reveals your bias and loathing.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

From Merriam Webster online dictionary, the synonyms to lilliputian are illiberal, insular, narrow, little, narrow-minded, parochial, petty, picayune, provincial, sectarian, small, and small-minded

That's exactly my point. Not much hate involved. Just mild disgust.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

used to do a debate show on KQED. Quentin Kopp is Shepard Kopp's father and a retired superior court judge. I see a conspiracy.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

I know you still haven't read the record because your comment reveals it. go to and look at the exhibits offere by Eliana Lopez. See the comic book, see the bio note where it describes IVory Madison as a "lawyer". Ms Madison, in real life, speaking through her hubby(see Mertens declaration), claims she's never referred to herself as a lawyer.

And you can also think of it this way. Suppose there was a comic book writer whose comic alter ego vowed to castrate all cops who ever looked at a perp funny. IF that writer became a participant/witness in an effort to take down just such an alleged real life cop, would that writer's fabulist passion be noteworthy? Would it put the writer's biases in question?


Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

fiction. Hence your Stockholm Sydrome-like identification with Ross Mirkarimi and his wife.

This is not a real life version of "Basic Instinct" Christine. I'm really starting to believe that the heat of Sacramento has fried your few remaining brain cells.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

So we've made her feel ashamed, as she should be.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

The Christina Flores part is more like "Fatal Attraction", especially when you read the hinky poetry she wrote threatening Ross when he bid her adieu for Eliana.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

Christine? You'd certainly know how a vengeful woman behaves - now wouldn't you?

How's that AM radio fill-in slot going Christine?

Posted by Troll II on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

Phil Bronstein and what used to be a great radio station?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 02, 2012 @ 6:47 am

For the benefit of the City and the morale of the workforce and citizenry, Ed Lee needs to step aside until convicted of perjury after which he will have to resign.

I wonder if they have a prison cell next to Ed Jew for Ed Lee?

Posted by marcos on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

Ed Lee here, I did lie, I was there for the conversation, the details are a bit vague, but what ever Marcos is saying is TRUE, TRUE I tell you!!! True

Posted by Fy on the wall on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

Originally this issue was all about her, then Ivory Madison and now it's REALLY about Ed Lee. Funny enough - it's never been about Ross Mirkarimi for his defenders.

When Ed Lee either pleads guilty or is convicted then we can talk about his resignation. Which is, after all, what Ross did - he plead guilty.

But remember Marcos - this isn't about Ross Mirkarimi - it never has been.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 01, 2012 @ 6:18 pm