Ross Mirkarimi

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Ross Mirkarimi
Ross Mirkarimi 2008.jpg
Mirkarimi in 2008
Sheriff of the County of San Francisco
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 7, 2012
Mayor Ed Lee
Preceded by Michael Hennessey
Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 5
In office
2005–2012
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Ed Lee
Preceded by Matt Gonzalez
Succeeded by Christina Olague
Personal details
Born (1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic (since 2010)
Other political
affiliations
Green (founding non-member)
Spouse(s) Eliana Lopez
Children Theo Mirkarimi
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater St. Louis University
Golden Gate University
University of San Francisco
Occupation Politician

Ross Mirkarimi (born August 4, 1961) is the sheriff of San Francisco,[1] California. Mirkarimi is a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy, where he was the president of his class. He then served in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office investigating white collar crime.[2] He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 5 from 2005 to 2011. In November 2011, he was elected sheriff and served from January to March 2012, at which time he was suspended by Mayor Ed Lee; he was reinstated by the Board of Supervisors in October 2012. Mirkarimi is a co-founder of the Green Party of California, but in March 2010, became a Democrat.[3]

As a supervisor, Mirkarimi garnered national attention when he introduced the first legislation prohibiting the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags by large supermarkets and drugstores in 2007, making San Francisco the first city to do so. Later, other cities around the US and the world took up similar bans.[4]

Mirkarimi also garnered national attention when he was charged with domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness in connection with a December 31, 2011 New Year's Eve altercation with his wife.[5] Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment.[6] On March 20, 2012, Mayor Lee suspended Mirkarimi pending an ethics investigation. According to the San Francisco city charter, removing a public official for misconduct requires the vote of nine of eleven supervisors; only seven supervisors voted to remove Mirkarimi from his office and he was reinstated.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Ross Mirkarimi (Persian: میرکریمی‎, pronounced Meehr-kah-REE-mee) was born in Chicago to Nancy Kolman, a 19-year-old descended from Russian Jews, and Hamid Mirkarimi, an Iranian immigrant. His parents divorced when he was 5, and he moved with his mother to Jamestown, Rhode Island. He rarely saw his father.[9] Mirkarimi graduated from the Catholic, all-male Bishop Hendricken High School in 1979. "I totally credit my childhood in Jamestown for my green views," Mirkarimi said. "I'll never forget living near Fort Getty and exploring the unspoiled island with my dog Oscar when I was a boy."[10]

He has a Bachelor's degree in political science from St. Louis University, a Master's degree in international economics and affairs from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of San Francisco.[11] He has lived in San Francisco since 1984.

Mirkarimi is a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy, where he was the president of his class. Before his election to office, he served in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office investigating white collar crime.[11]

In 2009, Ross became a father, as Eliana Lopez, a Venezuelan telenovela star whom he met at an environmental conference in Brazil, gave birth to his son.[12]

Founding of California Green Party[edit]

Mirkarimi co-founded California's Green Party in 1990, and coordinated Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign in California. He also managed local campaigns in San Francisco, including the 1989 Nuclear Free Zone initiative, the 1999 re-election campaign of DA Terrence Hallinan, the 2001 campaign for public power and the March 2002 campaign to elect Harry Britt to the State Assembly. He was a press spokesperson and campaign aide in Matt Gonzalez's 2003 San Francisco mayoral campaign.[13] Mirkarimi supported Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[14] While serving on the Board of Supervisors he changed his voter registration party affiliation to Democrat, acknowledging that he would be unable to advance in his political career as a registered Green.[15]

He supported Green Party candidate Krissy Keefer over Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 congressional election. "Why," he asked in regard to supporting Pelosi, "do we decide to support the lesser of two evils or the evil of two lessers...the level of mediocrity being dished out by the Republicans and Democrats?"[16]

Supervisor[edit]

As San Francisco County supervisor, Mirkarimi has sponsored some 40 pieces of legislation in a wide range of areas, including medicinal marijuana, crime, making streets safer for pedestrians, improving efficiency of city departments, and the environment.

Marijuana legalization[edit]

In April 2009, he proposed legislation that would make San Francisco the first city in the nation to sell and distribute marijuana. "We're spending much more money keeping marijuana underground, trying to hide a fact that is occurring all around us," he said. "Now is the time to take responsibility for something we've deflected to others and to test our ability to take responsibility."[17]

On April 20, 2006 (4-20), the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws honored Mirkarimi with its Rufus King Award for outstanding leadership in the reform of marijuana laws.[18] In a speech accepting the award, he said,

That particular logic (of being in favor of medicinal marijuana but not wanting dispensaries in the neighborhood in which you live), as complex as it is, was emblematic of what certainly concerned me, that we continue to drive back in the shadows the very idea of what we're all congregated here for, and that is to mainstream the issue so that marijuana should not be criminalized and medical cannabis should not be criminalized, and that we should do everything we can to build that kind of resiliency, to shore up even in the face of adversity, that while there's any attempt at pushback or blowback from our efforts to try to proliferate Prop 215 states throughout all fifty states of the United States, that we should not shrink at all with that ever particular kind of adversity once again.[19]

Tobacco smoking ban on golf courses[edit]

Mirkarimi supported a measure by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier to ban smoking in city parks. He helped expand the ban to bus shelters and the city's public golf courses. Not extending the law to golf courses, Mirkarimi declared, "has this undertone of elitism."[20]

Reentry Council[edit]

On September 9, 2008, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed Mirkarimi's legislation creating a Reentry Council to coordinate the disparate and disconnected city programs that help ex-offenders transition from incarceration back into society.[21][22] Mirkarimi, in collaboration with Public Defender Jeff Adachi, District Attorney Kamala Harris and Sheriff Michael Hennessey, crafted the legislation to increase the effectiveness of City-wide efforts to reduce recidivism and violence, and promote safe and successful reentry into society for adults released from jails and prisons.

Environmental issues[edit]

In March 2007, Mirkarimi introduced legislation that prohibits large supermarkets and drugstores from providing customers with non-biodegradable plastic bags, making San Francisco the first city to regulate such bags. Since then other cities around the country and in Europe have take up similar bans, and there is a move by the California legislature to do the same.[23] Mirkarimi said, "Instead of waiting for the federal government to do something about this country's oil dependence, environmental degradation or contribution to global warming, local governments can step up and do their part. The plastic bag ban is one small part of that." Many supermarkets opposed such legislation. The bill passed 10-1 and became an ordinance.[24] Although the ban was initially criticized as "cosmetic" by the SF Weekly, which asserted that the ban has led to an increase in the use of paper bags, a practice they claim is worse for the environment,[25] the ban also requires stores to charge a ten-cent fee for each paper bag used, to encourage consumers to use reusable shopping bags. All revenues from the fee are kept by the stores. In 2012, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an expansion of the ban to include to all retailers citywide.[26]

In June 2008, Mirkarimi sponsored a one-year pilot program of a solar rebate program that provides $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations and lower-income residents for the installation of solar voltaic power on rooftops; the measure received initial approval from the Board of Supervisors.[27] In July, he was one of several supervisors who, along with the mayor and various organizations, opposed a move to build fossil-fuel power plants in the low-income southeastern part of San Francisco.[28]

Mirkarimi was the chief sponsor of a measure to require most employers to give pre-tax commuter checks to employees, with the intention of getting workers out of commuting via private car and into using public transportation; the measure is unlike many others involving regulation of businesses in that it was not opposed by the Chamber of Commerce.[29]

Street name changes[edit]

In February 2008, Mirkarimi announced his support for changing the name of a portion of Eddy Street to Marcus Garvey Way. Supporters hope that by renaming a street in honor of a well-known and influential figure of African descent, San Francisco's African-American residents will choose to stay in the city despite increases in the cost of living.[30]

Reparations bill[edit]

Mirkarimi also authored part of a reparations bill which would give descendants of those displaced by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency from the Western Addition priority in obtaining affordable housing. During the 1960s the city tore down much of the historic Fillmore district, most of whose residents were permanently removed. Two-thirds of those displaced were African-American.[31]

Gun control[edit]

As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mirkarimi fought against pro-gun advocates who were challenging San Francisco's attempt to tighten gun control laws.[32] This issue has caused many pro-gun advocates to accuse Mirkarimi of hypocrisy, when it was reported that he himself was a gun owner even before he was elected Sheriff. He has since had to surrender his firearms due to the pending domestic violence allegations.[32]

Campaign for Sheriff[edit]

In May 2011, scheduled to be termed out as supervisor, Mirkarimi announced he was running for sheriff of San Francisco in the November 2011 election.[33]

Mirkarimi did not receive the endorsement of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriff's Association, the union representing sheriffs. In an endorsement election of members, Capt. Paul Miyamoto received 353 votes to Mirkarimi's 2 votes. "This was a very large turnout for us," said Don Wilson, president of the association. "Miyamoto is a very popular guy in our department. We want one of our own to be sheriff. We want someone with experience."[34]

In an interview with the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), Mirkarimi said about his candidacy:

The challenges of our campaign are that I am running citywide. I have opposition, but with my name recognition as an elected official, it’s one of the first times that I’m seen as an automatic frontrunner, instead of the underdog posture that I'm more used to from my previous runs. The election is in November 2011, and it will be at the same time as the mayor and district attorney. Competing for resources and attention is always an inherent challenge with other high profile races.[33]

Mirkarimi made combatting recidivism a centerpiece of his campaign:

We have to realize that what happens in the jail system directly affects public safety throughout all of San Francisco neighborhoods. That entwinement can’t really be denied anymore, and the money we throw at the Police Department to just re-arrest the same people really sort of is counter-intuitive without asking the obvious question, “What can we do so that when somebody comes out they will not repeat their offense?” And there are tested programs already existing in the Sheriff’s Department, ones that we could I think consider adopting and ones that deserve institutional support because most of the programs in the Sheriff’s Department aren’t general-fund-funded, they’re grant-funded, and so they live and die by the vulnerability of those grants. That says San Francisco is not frontburnering the importance of what it means to stand towards the development and accountability of those programs, and that needs to change. I’ll change it.”[35]

Domestic violence allegations[edit]

Charges[edit]

On January 13, 2012, Mirkarimi was charged with domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness.[5] The charges came five days after he was sworn in publicly as sheriff and resulted from an altercation Mirkarimi had with his wife before he became sheriff, on New Year's Eve. The domestic abuse complaint was lodged by Ivory Madison, a neighbor of Mirkarimi.[36] According to a search warrant that police issued on Madison to obtain text messages that she exchanged with Mirkarimi's wife and a video that she took of his wife's bruised arm, Madison called police after Mirkarimi's wife told Madison that she had been bruised in a New Year's Eve altercation with Mirkarimi.[37] Madison videotaped the bruise at the request of Mirkarimi's wife and the two discussed the incident via text messages.[38] Madison also "indicated the alleged incident indicated a larger pattern of abuse."[39] On the video, Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez said, "This is the second time this is happening... We need help and I'm going to use this just in case he wants to take Theo away from me because he did said (sic) that he is very powerful and can do it."[40]

During the Ethics Commission hearings, significant portions of Ivory Madison's sworn statement were ruled inadmissible[41] and Lopez testified that she realized she could not trust Madison after Madison suggested “calling Ross's political enemies” to help her bring him down. Lopez said that once she clearly said that she didn't want police involvement was when Madison called the police.[42]

After his swearing-in ceremony, Mirkarimi suggested that the police probe was politically motivated,[43] and called the incident “a private matter. A family matter.”[44][45] Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez, repudiated the charges against her husband.[46]

On January 23, a second woman filed a police report claiming that Mirkarimi had abused her.[47][48][48]

Plea[edit]

On January 20, Mirkarimi pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness charges. The judge issued a stay-away order requiring Mirkarimi not to have any contact with his wife or two-year-old son. The judge said that based on an arrest warrant affidavit that contains "physical and emotional abuse," a stay-away order was necessary.[49]

On March 13, Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment. The charges of domestic violence and two other misdemeanor counts were dropped. Under the plea agreement, Mirkarimi was sentenced to three years' probation, one year of weekly domestic violence batterers classes, parenting classes, a hundred hours of community service, and fines and court fees nearing $600.[50]

Later, Mirkarimi said he agreed to the plea bargain because it did not require him to relinquish his firearm, which he needed to carry out his job as sheriff. He blamed a "runaway train of innuendo" in the news media for his legal travails.[51]

On July 20, 2012, Judge Garrett Wong lifted the stay away order originally issued in January 2012 that barred Mirkarimi from contacting his wife.[52]

Calls for resignation, suspension, and support[edit]

On March 20, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee gave Mirkarimi a 24-hour ultimatum to resign from his post as sheriff. When Mirkarimi refused to resign, the Mayor appointed a temporary replacement, Vicki Hennessy, and ordered the city's Ethics Commission and Board of Supervisors to investigate Mirkarimi under misconduct charges.[53] Mirkarimi was suspended without pay.[9]

In late July 2012 the National Lawyers Guild of San Francisco issued a statement urging the Board of Supervisors to support Mirkarimi and calling for an end to the use of City resources to pursue the case.[54] On October 8, former girlfriend Evelyn Nieves, spoke out in support of Mirkarimi, saying that he never made her feel unsafe in their 8 years together.[55]

Several groups also created statements of support for Mirkarimi to remain in office since the domestic violence allegations surfaced, including the San Francisco Labor Council.[56] the Bernal Heights Democratic Club,[57] the Central City Democrats, the SF League of Pissed-off Voters[58] and the San Francisco Green Party.[59] A petition to reinstate Mirkarimi to the Sheriff's office[60] had received over 1,000 signatures by late August 2012,[61] and numerous Mirkarimi supporters spoke in his favor during Ethics Commission hearings.[62] Conservatives Phyllis Schlafly and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders wrote articles in defense of Mirkarimi's case.[63][64]

Ethics Commission and Board of Supervisor Hearings[edit]

On April 23, 2012, misconduct hearings commenced at the San Francisco Ethics Commission to decide whether to recommend removing Mirkarimi from the sheriff's office.[65] Mirkarimi's lawyers attempted to prevent the video of Mirkarimi's wife crying and pointing to the bruise on her arm from being played at the hearings, but on May 14 a judge ruled that the video could be played.[66] The Commission ruled significant portions of Ivory Madison's sworn statement inadmissible.[41][67][68]

On August 16, the Commission ruled by 4 to 1 that Mirkarimi committed official misconduct by falsely imprisoning his wife, but delayed until September the decision to recommend whether he should be removed from office.[69] Of the six charges brought by District Attorney George Gascón, five were overruled and not sustained, including the charge that Mirkarimi dissuaded witnesses and that he abused the power of his office.[70] The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women recommended by a vote of 5 to 2 that the Board of Supervisors remove Mirkarimi as sheriff.[71]

According to one poll, nearly two-thirds of San Franciscans wanted Mirkarimi out of office for his behavior and uphold his removal. David Waggoner, Mirkarimi's attorney, criticized the poll as "twisted" and "biased," asking "leading questions," and objected to the fact that the poll was funded by individuals who opposed the sheriff.[72] A San Francisco resident contacted by the robo-poll and later interviewed by the SF Bay Guardian about its content, Greg Kamin, described it as unusual because "there was just a barrage of negative information first, before they asked a single question," and said that the questions were structured so that, "there was no way to answer the question that didn't say you wanted him removed." The questions asked in the poll were not published.[73]

To remove a public official for misconduct, the San Francisco City Charter requires that at least nine of the eleven supervisors vote for removal. On October 9, 2012, only seven supervisors voted to remove Mirkarimi as Sheriff, and he was duly reinstated.[7][8]

Death of Missing Woman in Hospital Stairwell[edit]

In November 2013, Sheriff Mirkarimi publicly apologized for his department's slow and incomplete search for Lynne Spalding, a San Francisco General Hospital patient whose body was found in a stairwell by a hospital engineer two weeks after she went missing from her hospital bed. The Sheriff's Department is responsible for securing the hospital and its patients. Mirkarimi said his department waited nine days after Lynne Spalding was reported missing to begin a hospital-wide search for the 57-year-old patient, and the search did not locate her. "She could have been anyone's loved one, which is why the gravity of the situation is not lost on any of us," the Sheriff said. "What happened to Miss Spalding Ford should not have happened to anyone."[74][75] Mirkarimi did not say why deputies didn't check the stairwell where Spalding was found.[76]

Law enforcement issues[edit]

Support of the San Francisco 8[edit]

In 2008, Mirkarimi supported a controversial resolution by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors asking the state to drop charges against the San Francisco 8, eight former Black Panthers arrested for their involvement in the 1971 murder of Sgt. John V. Young at San Francisco's Ingleside Police station.[77] The San Francisco Chronicle opined, “A police officer slain in the line of duty is a disgrace that needs an answer. Instead, the shotgun slaying of Sgt. John Young is getting the political treatment from four San Francisco supervisors more interested in rhetoric than healing justice.”[78]

Support for Josh Wolf[edit]

At a solidarity fundraiser for John Wolf, an indie video blogger imprisoned for refusing to give a Federal Grand Jury his tape of an anarchist demonstration during which a San Francisco city policeman received a fractured skull, Mirkarimi said:

The issue here is certainly about the illegal incarceration of Josh Wolf and violating his protections as a member of the free press. But more importantly, we are witnessing the unraveling of the very fabric that made this country great. Maybe it's time for a new revolution?[79]

Police foot patrols[edit]

Mirkarimi sponsored legislation to require police foot patrols in high-crime neighborhoods. The Board of Supervisors approved this measure, but Mayor Gavin Newsom, citing objections by Police Chief Heather Fong, vetoed it. However, by a 9-2 vote, the Board overrode the veto; this was the first time that the Board of Supervisors had overridden a Newsom veto.[80] As of 2010, the policy was not implemented. New San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón called foot patrols "laughable" and "simplistic."[81] In 2010, San Francisco voters rejected Measure M, sponsored by Mirkarimi, which would have required the San Francisco Police Department to maintain a foot patrol presence from all its stations. Voters rejected the measure 54 to 46 percent.[82]

Civic and community organizations[edit]

Mirkarimi has been involved in these civic and community service activities: Director for SF Nuclear Freeze Zone Coalition; union negotiator for DAI Association union; member of the IFPTE Local 2; member of the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club; member of the Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce; environmental analyst for the Harvard Study Team (Iraq) Bayview Hunters Point, California Base Closures; and member of the National Organization for Women (NOW).[83]

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Preceded by
Matt Gonzalez
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 5

2005-2012
Succeeded by
Christina Olague
Preceded by
Michael Hennessey
Sheriff of San Francisco
2012 – present
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