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.



>"Every other poll which has ever been debated in the internet age has a URL associated with it along with information regarding it's population sample, methodology, and margin of error."

Really! That is something about the internet age that I didn't know. Every poll! Amazing what you can learn from Lilli!

Posted by Troll on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

and imprison everyone, absolutely everyone, who ever grabs their spouse's arm for whatever reason.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 3:02 pm
Posted by Guest on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 10:22 am

That's like me saying this "wife-beating thing" looks like it has legs just because I don't like Ross.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 11:59 am

while outright confessing it for himself.

Guest: "oops."

Posted by lillipublicans on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

I commend you for publicly stating that you were unfamiliar with the voter disenfranchisement issue. Unlike many of the trolls here who are either ignorant of, or dismissive of, SF history, you express interest.
Briefly this relates to the ongoing attempts by Lennar Inc to gentrify and 'whitewash' the SE sector of the city, including the last remaining black communities in BayViewHuntersPoint. In 2008 a group of primarily black, long time community activists spearheaded a petition requesting a public hearing on the developers plans. In a few weeks, on a shoestring budget, they gathered over 30,000 signatures citywide in support. These were certified by the Director of Elections, but at the behest of 'interested parties', City Attorney Dennis Herrera invalidated all these signatures, using a technicality that had only been enforced once before and never since. He took this all the way to the State Supreme and ultimately, unsurprisingly, prevailed. Subsequently two opposing propositions, G & F, were placed on the ballot. Lennar and their enablers were the movers and shakers behind Prop G. As has happened many times before and since, a slick multi million dollar disinformation campaign prevailed, the majority of those favoring Prop G had no interest in, or awareness of the concerns of the minority communities. It was just another example of the 'pay to play' politics of SF where the 'people representatives' and the power elite do the will of speculators and developers, and the long term best interests of the citizenry are ignored.
Just my thruppence.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

If you intend to keep it friendly, please use my full sobriquet. Not that it particularly bothers me, but I expect anyone addressing me as "lilli" will act the horse's ass. (And if you actually meant to suggest by writing "unlike other trolls" that I appear to you to be a troll, please explain why; though I think may just be overly sensitive due to the aforementioned cause.)

I am no fan of Lennar or the nature of big money in politics or politicians who are in the pockets of developers... things never change, it seems, and as has been said, for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good people to do nothing.

I share your disgust for how the interests of long term residents have been sacrificed for potential profit by developers. The same thing has happened repeatedly in San Francisco for generations and affecting working class African American and other working class people generally. Examples are the Fillmore and Hunter's Point (before the navy took it over in preparation for WWII).

I believe that some of the best parts of Candlestick Point State Park have been traded away to developers too now.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jul. 04, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

Apologies for using the diminutive, not intended as a slight. Did not phrase that correctly, meant to imply that you weren't a troll. I actually said 'unlike many of the trolls' but see how it could be misread by many here who are candidates for classes in remedial writing and comprehension. FYI. I have been involved with the folks out at BVHP for many years, it is a crime what continues in our minority communities; decades of official racism, designed neglect and misrepresentation.

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