Perjury charges don't look so good for the mayor

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The Chron doesn't think it's important, but there's some serious evidence in today's Ex that the mayor wasn't entirely forthcoming when he testified before the Ethics Commission. The declarations from Debra Walker and Aaron Peskin are attached at the end of the story; they're worth reading.

Walker is very straightforward: She says she's friends with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez. She's also been close friends with Sup. Christina Olague:

Ms. Olague and I often got together for coffee or movies, and we talked often about land-use issues. I wrote a letter of support for Ms. Olague to Mayor Lee, asking him to appoint her as supervisor. At her request, I loaned her a painting to hang in her office when she took office.

All of that is consistent with what I've heard about their friendship, and it doesn't sound like Walker was ever out to get Olague or to put her in a bad situation.

Then Walker  explains that during the week of March 6, she was talking to Olague and complained about the Mirkarimi case. "She said the mayor had asked her about the case when they were talking about other issues, and had asked her for her thoughts."

The declaration goes on a bit, with plenty of backup to the idea that Olague and Lee had discussed how to deal with the sheriff. Which doesn't surprise me -- I have heard from other prominent people in the city that Lee reached out to them for advice on whether to suspend Mirkarimi.

But it's a problem for two reasons. One is that Olague, sitting as a judge in this case, isn't supposed to have talked to anyone else about it -- certainly not the prosecuting authority, the mayor.

The other is that Lee denied under oath that he had talked to any of the supervisors about the case.

Debra Walker isn't a fan of Ed Lee, but she would have had to go to considerable lengths to create this level of fiction. It rings honest to me, particularly when she notes that "on June 29, 2012, at 2:10 pm, I received a phone message from Supervisor Olague saying 'Debra, the converstaion never happened.'"

Look: This is a sworn statement, made under penalty of perjury. So either Walker's lying and guilty of perjury, or the mayor is. Which seems more likely?

Ditto for the Peskin declaration, which includes dates, times, places, and specific messages. Again: Did Peskin go out of his way to perjury himself -- or did the mayor fail to tell the truth on the stand?

This is now part of the case, like it or not: The credibility of the mayor is one of the issues at hand -- and more important, if Lee talked to Olague he probably talked to others. Who would then have to recuse themselves.

Comments

Ed Lee made 2 back channel deals he co-erced Olague to vote against RM by even "asking" her about her vote that had to be construed as "calling in his chips" (hey I appointed you supervisor) he contacted Walter Wong to make the back offer a bribe really to resign so the syndicate could control the sheriff's office .

That is the way he works FOR 20 YEARS Lee has worked the back channel for Willie Brown the MYTH of Ed Lee is he was a hard working beaurocrat toiling away under the dome the REALITY he dripped globs of grease of corruption everywhere he went ad it was his MO to work sneaky and make illicit deals...From Larry Bush CitiR.
"Ed Lee became Willie Brown’s Inside Man almost two decades ago, when Brown turned to him to approve minority contracts for his backers. Lee went on to hold positions where he could tweak the requirements for contractors, order “re-evaluations” where necessary, even reverse his staff and his own earlier findings on behalf of contractors tied to Brown.

Some of those instances were reported during the 2011 mayoral campaign or were seized on by Lee’s opponents. They ranged from contracts awarded for computer services later determined to be fraudulent to contracts at the airport to a bidder that twice failed to get top ratings to a “nonprofit” that didn’t actually exist and that federal official ordered its grant returned to the city."

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 7:44 am

Yes, thatsthewayitis. Amazing that Lee was a well known bagman for a corrupt machine for decades.

And yet Progressive heros Campos, Mar, Avalos and Mirkarimi said nothing and voted for him to be Mayor.

I guess that they just didn't know what you know, despite their years working in City Hall.

Posted by Troll on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 7:54 am

Ed Lee drips with corruption another example the no bid contract Recology pays no franchise fees Oakland gets like 24 million WHY in 1999 didi ED LEE assk for over 200% MORE for Recology than was recommended

MULTIPLY that over 20 years a career of corruption and back room deasl for Willie....Lee shows his corruption goes back a LONG way ED came with over the top disgusting corruption the myth of the dutiful hard working honest beurocrat is the cover story....courtesy of the Bay Citizen
"In the summer of 1999, Lee, who had been tapped by Brown to head the Department of Public Works in 1996, came under public criticism after proposing a 44 percent rate hike for residential garbage collection. Although the rate was lower than the 52 percent hike proposed by Norcal (as Recology was then known), it was substantially higher than the 20 percent increase recommended by his staff, said Quentin Kopp, a former supervisor and state senator and a retired judge who advocated against the rate hike at the time."

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 8:23 am

It doesn't seem like the phenomenon has a direct relation to time passing, but rather the proximity to being put under oath on a witness stand.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/22/18707929.php

Thanks.

Posted by lillipublicans on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 8:33 am

Thanks lilli that is actionable information ...who might be interested ?

"On Friday, 02.17.2012, after a jury delivered its verdict in a San Francisco Superior Court trial, Fog City Journal Editor Luke Thomas wrote that the minimal immediate consequences of the jury's verdict "belied the more politically significant accusations made through depositions in the case, that Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown overrode City staff to give contracts to a fraudulent yet politically connected company, GCSI."

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 9:10 am

he was always a straight shooting advocate of good government; a progressive in that sense, I might add.

If we had a dozen Quentin Kopps and Ross Mirkarimis running city government, we'd be in *fine* shape.

Posted by lillipublicans on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 8:46 am

The corruption of ED Lee and Willie Brown from the "the real Ed Lee" just a sample of a career of corruption
"Walker had been involved in a citycontracting scandal in 1984.20 In fact, he was sent to prison for three year for helping white contractors scam the city’s minority contracting regulations. After he was released from prison and Willie Brown became Mayor, Walker was reinstated in the Human Rights program and obtained $825,000 in contracts at the airport. So, he knew what he was doing. Walker set up a meeting with Willie Brown, Maryann Rodgersand himself to discuss Krystal Trucking with Ed Lee. Ed Lee was summoned to the meeting. And after that meeting, Ed Lee reversed himself and certified Krystal Trucking asa “minority-owned” firm. As a result, Krystal Trucking received contracts at the airport worth at least $704,000.20 And, they donated $2,500 to Willie Brown’s campaign fund"

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 10:28 am

MORE Ed Lee Willie Brown corruption (GCSI) stealing from the city Ed Lee uses his talent at purchasing to keep the influence peddling and fraud continuing...from the Real Ed Lee"

Ed Lee knows how city purchasing works. Now director of purchasing for all city contracts, Ed Lee established a new way to approve Information Technology contracts called The Computer Store, an entity created to speed up municipal orders for technical services.”In theory, the new approval of IT contracts addressed a problem of extremely slow response
When Government Computer Sales, Inc. (GSCI) initially sought to be certified to sell computers to the city, they were repeatedly found unqualified and their certification was denied because they failed to meet the City’s minimum qualifications. GCSI was only approved after intervention from the City Purchasing Office. The City’s normal process for evaluating potential contractors was “totally bypassed.”The Purchasing Office, allegedly acting on the behest of the Mayor, approved GCSI as a city contractor.The director of the city’s Committee on Information Technology at the time, Deborah Vincent-James, testified in a sworn deposition that GCSI was “fraudulent” and was awarded the contract only because of ties to Mayor Brown.“Who told you, you had to admit them to the Computer Store?” asked the attorney for the small business suing the city. “The director of purchasing,” states Vincent-James’ deposition transcript. “Ed Lee.”

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 10:49 am

What is the *point* of such law then? To give a corrupt mayor *more* power? How absolutely cockamamie.

Come what may with regard to Mirkarimi (meaning in the short term, since those with a clear-eyed view know what will happen ultimately), San Francisco ethics law *must* be reformed as a check on corruption by the top executive.

Posted by lillipublicans on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

To be honest the ethics commission cannot be the TV news programming in SF who consistently provide a COMPLETE almost total "news blackout" of the city's politics. SF is the most ignorant people about their government maybe Russia is close to what we have here ...NOTHING nada zero worse Willie Lee is provided a platform for his moronic opinions on one of the stations with Matier who talks to him on Sunday pretending like there givinng us the "inside scoop" its like interviewing sitting down with Hitler to talk about the inside gossip of the Nazi government. There is genuine malfeasance hurtinng the average person in SF. At this point given whats out there all only something like the alternative media putting pressure on the FBI and the SF US attorney calling for a criminal Grand Jury that is the only hope.

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

"London Breed, a candidate running for the District 5 seat in November, today accused the campaign to elect appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague of posting negative attack bills in the District."

“'You can be sure, this is the first in what will be a series of escalating attacks from the clearly frightened and desperate Olague campaign,' Breed said in a press statement."

http://www.fogcityjournal.com/wordpress/5082/breed-accuses-desperate-ola...

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

This whole circus has been nothing more than a political lynching from the start. Lee lied to override the will of the voters and unseat a progressive opponent. He should face the music in his own trial for perjury.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

Ed Lee trial should be for more than perjury he has 20 years 2 decades of influence peddling pay for play election fraud cronyism contract fraud witness tampering jury tampering ballot fraud money laundering attempting to overturn a democratic election with fraud....Gascon has already shown he will do nothing and actually committ "official misconduct" when he abuses the office of DA when he proclaims "insufficient evidence" in the Ballot fraud filmed and the Archway money laundering there is emails and a whilstleblower still "insufficient evidence"Kamola Harris is Willie Brown's ex mistress. WE need the FBI and a Federal Grand Jury who ELSE could establish the rule of law in San Francisco the most lawless political machine in America run by Willie Brown.

Posted by thatsthewayitis on Sep. 28, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

“What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn't make it worse. Not being open about it doesn't make it go away. And because it's true, it is what is there to be interacted with. Anything untrue isn't there to be lived. People can stand what is true, for they are already enduring it.”
― Eugene T. Gendlin, Focusing

Posted by Daniele E. on Sep. 27, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

"Olague has wavered between saying she never spoke with Walker and saying she could not remember. We find it troubling that Olague won’t definitively say whether she talked to the mayor before the suspension, given that she must now vote on whether Mirkarimi will reclaim his job.

"Such a conversation, though normally common, would be inappropriate in this case because San Francisco’s supervisors will serve as the jurors who rule on Lee’s prosecution of Mirkarimi. And any such conversation would be most troubling in the case of Olague, given her close relationship with the mayor, who appointed her to fill Mirkarimi’s former District 5 seat, and is actively helping her raise funds for her re-election.

"To make sure the supervisors are fair judges of whether Mirkarimi’s actions constitute official misconduct, his attorneys have proposed that every supervisor should sign a declaration stating that they did not talk to the mayor before the suspension. We agree, and call on any supervisors who refuse to sign such a declaration to recuse themselves from the vote."

http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/09/supervisors-should-...

Posted by Guest on Sep. 29, 2012 @ 3:43 pm