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

The media feeding frenzy surrounding Mirkarimi should peak today, and then blessedly wane.
Luke Thomas/Fog City Journal

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.

The hearing begins at 2pm in the Board Chambers in City Hall, but get there early if you want a seat, although you can always settle for the overflow room. Better yet, just follow my updates on the SFBG Twitter feed. I'll post the important highlights, and a few ugly lowlights, and you won't need to sully yourself with this muck and mire. You're welcome.

This has been an unseemly case from start to finish, from the revelations in early January that Mirkarimi grabbed and bruised his wife's arm during a New Year's Eve argument to the sensational way it was played in the local media to Mayor Ed Lee's decision to pile on a bunch of other unsupported charges that were dispelled during Ethics Commission hearings that dragged on and on.

Unfortunately, no matter what happens today, there will be aftermath. Reinstatement could at least end things today and send him back to an office that is usually fairly low-profile, at least until domestic violence advocates and other Mirkarimi-haters launch a recall campaign against him (whee, won't that be fun?!?!).

If Mirkarimi is removed, then we can probably expect this case to continue rattling through the courts for awhile as Mirkarimi and his attorneys challenge the city's untested official misconduct language, adopted in 1995, as unconstitutionally broad and pursue other avenues of appeal. But, no matter what happens, this will all soon be just a disturbing memory.


The BoS's vote at 2pm and the rally is going on right now. Come out and show your support. We demand our sheriff is reinstated!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

either a recall or losing at the enxt election. That's why i am so surprised that the left hung their hat on Ross - he's both toxic and ineffective at this point.

Best would be for the Supes to vote 11-0 to have Ross go - then they can give cover to each other. If ross wants to throw good money after bad on endless appeals, let him. Ultimately he's weakened beyond repair anyway, and he only has himself to blame.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

Like everyone else, I'm tired of it. It's one of those drawn out political situations where I wind up disliking everybody involved.

But whether removed or reinstated, Ross is effectively done. A politician with no political capital. This is a fight for his salary and pension, not his actually role as Sheriff - that's long since been taken away.

The real drama - and what I find far more interesting - is if this will take down Mar and/or Olague.

Posted by Phillip on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

pension. So does Eliana, of course, which is why she's playing nice for now even though she probably can't bear the sight of Ross any more. This is America and it's always about the money.

I feel sure a deal could have been done i.e. Ross quits for, say, a year's severance and preservation of pension rights. This thing should have settled.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

You trolls think that if you repeat this slander enough, people will begin to believe it. But it's clear that you don't even know Eliana Lopez, and don't have the slightest idea about her motives. So far, she has stood steadfastly behind her husband, proclaimed her love for him and her intention of fighting this every step of the way. So please stop spreading these ugly lies about her.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

Eliana' isn't so smart that we can't see thru her duplicity

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

Mirkarimi is reinstated (no "official" misconduct) and then he promptly resigns (he must know he's too polarizing to be effective).

Pension/alimony is secure, future mayors can't abuse power over other elected officials, and we can all get along. LOL.

Let's Go Giants!

Posted by Best Case Scenario: on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

I predict that Mirkarimi will pick up at least 4 or 5 votes on the board. As Waggoner has argued, to overturn the will of the voters, the highest measure of due process must apply. But, in fact, there is ample evidence that the lowest standard of due proccess was followed in the case. One or two board members will vote to reinstate RM because it is the right thing to do. The rest will be weighing a protracted lawsuit in the back of their minds.

Posted by Ana on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

...he only needs Avalos and he is home free.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

SF should recall the Sheriff and those Supervisors - Christina Olague, David Campos and John Avalos who has made a bad decision on behalf of San Fransciscans (by voting against permanently removing Mirkarimi from office). They should be ashamed 'SF you have a Sheriff who abuses his wife.' They have demoralizing their own department with wrong decision. They need to protect San Francisco public from this crooked sheriff, that what people voted them for to make an good ethical decision for them.

Ms Mirkarimi's flip-flop act was not only hurting herself, but also she was hurting women who are living under abusive home. Hope no more crying for her after she has worked her heart out to help him keeping his face.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

They must be dreading the thought of returning to work tomorrow with Mirkarimi returning as sheriff - how demoralizing to the entire department.

Posted by Troll II on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

You are claiming *no* department personnel supported Ross Mirkarimi? You are claiming that *no* personnel who were loyal to former Sheriff Michael Hennessey will be happy to see those policies will be protected?

You are continuing to prevaricate on this matter. No surprise. *Nothing* you say on this matter is to be taken as truth.

Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 12:02 am

The whole thing has been fascinating, let's be honest.

Posted by sfmike on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 9:12 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

So much amazing is happening right now. London Breed is super excited, I'm pretty sure she just won her election. Campos and Avalos showed solidarity with their fellow progressive, which I guess is cool. Mar flat out displayed that he is fucking losing his supervisor race - amazing. And most of all we get this guy, for at least another year, which I can't tell you how much I love... Anybody who has read my shit on here for the past couple months knows there is nothing more that I want beyond Ross being in office - dude is like George W Bush on a third term in terms of popularity. Big picture, this is some fantastic shit. And for real, I was sort of starting to feel bad for the guy, now he gets a little cash for the legal bills.

Posted by Scram on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

The abuse of elected officials - it's a scourge and we need to be very, very conscious of the deadly pervasiveness of it.

Now let's move on!!! Hugz not drugz everyone :-)

Posted by Troll II on Oct. 09, 2012 @ 10:02 pm