Ross Mirkarimi

Election 2015: The San Francisco sheriff's race

Oct 27, 2015
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We’re one week away from election day, and San Francisco has a contentious race for sheriff. All three candidates were on the KALW program City Visions last week. KALW’s Colin Peden put together this report from their discussion. 


Monday, October 19:  As part of City Vision's election coverage, guest host Eric Jansen sat down with the incumbent, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his challengers, former interim Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and former Sheriff's Lieutenant John Robinson, to discuss the issues at stake in the election for Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco.

The high cost of phone calls for inmates

Oct 16, 2014
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When most of us talk on the phone we don’t think much about the cost—it’s pennies. If we don’t like a phone company or can’t afford a plan, it’s pretty easy to ditch the one we have and get a new one. Talk is cheap, for most of us. But for the 80,000 people in California’s county jails, a phone call can cost more than $1 a minute.

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Sheriff Mirkarimi had many supporters when he was facing losing his job, but there were also many vocal opponents to his reinstatement. In fact, the majority of San Franciscans polled did not want Mirkarimi as Sheriff after his conviction. “Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff” was created calling for his resignation – and many women’s rights activists spoke out against Mirkarimi’s reinstatement during the ethics committee hearing when they were considering his case. Among them was Kathy Black, executive director of La Casa de las Madres, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

(San Jose Mercury News) // Monday's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law upheld the mandate for a police officer to ask for a person's immigration papers after stopping them. In California, the law is not so different from Arizona's, but enforcement varies widely and is often up to the discretion of individual officers…

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San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi continues to be in hot water as the City of San Francisco determines whether or not he should lose his job. Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi on March 20th, after he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment. The charge is connection with a New Year’s Eve incident in which he grabbed his wife's arm during an argument, causing a bruise. 

The Oakland police department has announced it will reduce the number of officers in the city’s most violent blocks, following complaints from residents of the Oakland hills and North Oakland that burglaries have increased in their neighborhoods, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Six months ago the 100 blocks identified as the most dangerous saw an influx of officers, under Mayor Jean Quan’s plan to increase police presence and the availability of social services there…

The merger between the Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigate Journalism appears to be nearing completion...

Deposed former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has filed a court petition in an effort to be reinstated...

$1.5 billion of California’s High Speed Rail money has been guaranteed to Caltrain’s rail electrification project. It means progress for building a 1.2 mile tunnel from San Francisco’s Caltrain station to the new downtown Transbay Terminal. San Francisco transportation officials are now requesting $1 billion in federal grants for the Bart extension project to San Jose...

Mayor Ed Lee will seek to remove Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office, citing political misconduct in response to the incident that led to Mirkarimi's guilty plea of false imprisonment...

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has been sentenced to a day in jail and three years probation for falsely imprisoning his wife. He will receive credit for time already spent in jail. The sheriff will also attend a year of domestic-violence intervention classes and perform 100 hours of community service...

As San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi heads to court today to face sentencing for the false imprisonment of his wife, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has been consulting with City Attorney Dennis Herrera on whether and how to oust the embattled sheriff...

 

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Napa County resident’s challenge to a state law that imposes a 10-year ban on gun ownership for anyone convicted of a violent misdemeanor. The resident claimed the law violated his constitutional right to possess a firearm…