By Luke Thomas
July 1, 2012
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s official misconduct case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was thrown into a tailspin Friday when the mayor allegedly perjured himself during an Ethics Commission probe into whether the democratically elected sheriff is guilty of official misconduct.
Perjury is considered a serious offense as it can be used to usurp judicial power resulting in miscarriages of justice. If the allegation is true, the mayor would himself have committed official misconduct in an official misconduct case and torpedoed an opportunity to remove a political rival from office.
The allegation of perjury was leveled following an abrupt suspension of the hearing due to an unsubstantiated bomb threat when minutes earlier the mayor denied under oath that he had spoken with any members of the Board of Supervisors – the eleven-member body that will ultimately decide if Mirkarimi will keep his job… (please click thru to read Luke Thomas’s full story)
My Comments follow here:
More has happened since this broke.
I was in the Ethics Commission Hearing in Room 400 at City Hall on Friday, when the Mayor lied under oath. You had to see his face. He looked like the kid with his hand in the candy jar at the corner store, saying …. “No, I am not stealing the candy”…. and his pockets are loaded and more is on the ground by his feet. It was outragous: Lying Ed Lee!
Remember when Lying Ed Lee said he promised not to run for Mayor?
Remember when Lying Ed Lee said that he had nothing to do with the “Run Ed Run” Campaign that was breaking all the Ethics Laws pertaining to Local Elections in San Francisco?
Remember when Christine Olague was the Campaign Manager of the “Run Lying Ed Lee Run” Campaign and was busy raising $5,000 and $10,000 at a time per person, when the campaign law reads that no candidate may accept more than $500 from any one person? Christine was on the Planning Commission then, and worked with Debra Walker, who reported Olague’s conversations with Mayor Lee. Supervisor Olague did talk with Mayor Lee, after he appointed her to replace past Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in District 5. That was a big no no.
Ross was elected Sheriff, resigned as Supervisor, and then was set up. I don’t see how his marriage will survive. That would be a miracle. I even wonder what roll others played in the set up, as in others who were close to the Mirkarimi Family and Campaign?
How come Christine Olague now feels the need to recuse herself from any future vote on the Mayors Charges of Mirkarimi’s conduct before the Sheriff was even sworn in and on the job? How can any one commit Official Misconduct on the job, when you have not even taken the oath and the office? It just does not make sense.
Remember that on November 8th, 2011, 70,000 voters voted for Sheriff Merkarimi and only 59,000 voted for Lying Ed Lee?
Remember how any Sheriff of each of every 3,142 Counties in the USA is a Constitutional Law Enforcement Position. Our Local Sheriff’s report only to the voters, as they are elected by the voters alone. If we don’t like any elected official, our democratic process requires recall, not administrative removal. Since when did San Francisco become “outside” the democratic laws that govern our State of California and our USA?
With Mirkarimi as Sheriff, Lying Ed Lee apparently had many problems due to all the organized crime he did with Willie Brown, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and Gavin Newsom. None of the Official Family has clean hands.
Does anyone want Judicial Tampering, let alone committed by our Mayor? This is what collusion with the voting Supervisors is, and it’s more than unethical. It’s illegal.
This is criminal felony Obstruction of Justice. How many other Supervisors were in on it?
In Sunshine Ordinance Task Force Case #11048, already Supervisors David Chiu, Eric Mar, Malia Cohen, and Scott Wiener were referred to District Attorney Gascon for criminal prosecution for violating the California Brown Act, the State Law that governs public meetings, and government transparency. Now Olague looks to be caught in a crime and she has not been in office for even a year.
Mayor Lee’s lies are criminal felony Federal Violation of Civil Rights and Due Process of Law, and gross negligence in the breach of the law.
And to think that Olague was who approved so many deals like 8 Washington, and Treasure Island, and Hunters Point, and Park Merced, while on the Planning Commission. I wonder if she approves of Lying Ed Lee’s plans to basically sell San Francisco to the Peoples Republic of China?
The Witness Stand where Mayor Lee was testifying was the only space in City Hall evacuated due to the SFPD’s allegation of a “bomb scare.” I don’t believe any of that ”bomb scare” poppycock! The SFPD are in on some criminal collusion with the Mayor.
I call for an Emergency Restraining Order Now - to stop the Mirkarimi Matter now before the SF Ethics Commission, pending Emergency Judicial Review. I want to see the SFPD tapes of the bomb scare. Did Willie Brown call it in? Did Rose Pak? Let’s stop this organized crime right here - right now. I want to see the text messages. I want to see the record of Appointed Sheriff Vickey Hennessey’s phone call to Ethics Commission Executive Director John Saint Croix, that called for the Mayor’s testimony to abruptly stop and adjourn the process illegally. Sheppard Kopp had a Perry Mason Moment going on, live. It was wild.
Look at Lee’s face in the photo just after he lied under oath! Wild. He even looks guilty.
Since there was a bomb threat on City Hall, why was the Mayor safe locked in his office during public business hours?
Why was City Hall not evacuated for the safety of everyone?
What was so safe about the Mayor’s Office that was not so safe in the witness box?
Here we have an illegal operation that violated the State Brown Act on Public Meetings, and violates our San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance. The Ethics Commission is breaking the law and committing Official Misconduct as defined in our City and County Charter. On top of that, the Ethics Commission reports to the Mayor and serves at his pleasure, regardless of who appointed each member. What we have is Racketeering in plain sight.
I keep saying over and over, that there is an Organized Crime Family that runs City Hall and they all need to be arrested and sent to prison. That is why I ran for Mayor in 2011. Someone with vision of what San Francisco can become needs to implement regime change as in wholesale replacement of the leadership of our local bureaucracy. Those who have been breaking the law need to go to jail. Maybe that is why they want Mirkarimi out so bad?
A State Superior Court Judge, even better if a US District Court Judge needs to stop this RICO in process and determine how much obstruction of justice and how far the civil rights violations go in the Lying Ed Lee Administration and into the Offices of Public and Private Power in San Francisco. I think the Mayor should be indicted just as Ed Jew was.
The only difference between Ed Lee and Ed Jew is that one is in Federal Prison and the other is on the way!
Mayor Lee looks to be a felon to me.
We have prisons for men like the Mayor.
The Facebook Group that is organizing to recall Mayor Lee is here.