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i believe that. thank you. [applause] >> i have been in san francisco since 1965. the one thing that makes me the most promised to mid year is that it is the city in the world where we respect diversity and embrace all of the communities that call san francisco home. today is one of the saddest moments in history. this is a day when we lost one of the mares and george mosconi, and today, we have a mayor who is selling his heart and soul. shame on you, mayor lee.
it cannot be any more obvious bad your motivation is purely political. you are trying to get rid of one elected sheriff, and shame on you for having a double face when it comes to giving in to the influence of tricky willie and their circus of followers who are always trying to run san francisco. it would not surprise me if we have a hearing in this same room to penalize you, mayor, for the crime you are trying to commit. that is why i am appealing to members of the committee, not under pressure of the so-called powerful influences. do not become a paunches pilot
-- pawnee as pilots -- pontius pilate. thank you very much. >> i am -- i just wanted to mention a couple of notes that nobody mentioned. number one, ross mirkarimi, sheriff ross mirkarimi was suspended on new year's eve. number two, its share of ross mirkarimi loses his job, that means that liberal people
cannot act in political circles in san francisco, which is a really, really bad thing to happen, and last and most important of all, we are using all of this money, electricity, and everything, manpower for something that is not really important, and i do not know why politically they are attacking ross mirkarimi. thank you. [applause] >> i will be as quick as possible. i have known the mayor and ross mirkarimi. ♪ whoooo, whooo whoo is control, right here in san francisco? ♪
my name is ace, and i am in your face this thing about it is coming here at ♪ city hall, it did silly -- gets silly it gets so silly, y'all, right here at city hall i am telling you, what i have sought, might be against the law, like what you are doing here heard sounds so observed the things i want to tell you all, one thing is for sure ed lee he knows me we worked together it is no mystery he will tell you there
is a conspiracy on the real ♪ ross has so much integrity and respect. if you would take the polls of the community, you would see that something is going on. it is nasty. the whole world is looking at us. right here in city hall. it gets so silly y'all. [applause] >> commissioners, i am glad and very grateful to you. he demonstrated to me tonight that he did take the oath of office seriously.
as someone who devoted eight years of their life to this commission and before that, four years on the board of appeals, when that commission had jurisdiction, i can say from personal experience, it is an understatement. it is a thankless tax -- re- tasked to serve on any commission. you have given me faith you are going to follow the law and the evidence in this case. the law is very clear. i quote the former city attorney, "the charter does not authorize the commission to impose any public censure upon individuals who have not committed a violation. the commission must find probable cause to believe
that's an order related to finance, lobbying, or other has been violated. if no violation is found, no further action will be taken. i hope you will continue to serve as admirably as you have tonight. [applause] >> good evening, i did not need to clarify your jurisdiction. those parameters were quite clear. of inslee, this is out of that range. if that is not clear, maybe we can reference him again. i am here not only because i feel he should give the mayor
and the rest of the people that are trying to perpetrate a political coup an opportunity to save face and third this case out. i think we need to honor the men and women who died to preserve our right to vote. clearly, our vote means nothing to the mayor and those in power. what matters to them is greed, corporations, and getting ross out from the scene. it has long been said that politics in san francisco is a blood sport. that we know going in. never has anyone lower their standard to such a point to sacrifice a family. that is intolerable. you should have the integrity and respect for a man who has had a long history incense and disco to defend the impoverished
and neglected. i am asking you, do the mayor a favor, give him the opportunity to save face and throw it out now. [applause] >> how are you doing? outstanding job. i live in western addition, district 5. i would like to say a few things. we all have our problems and issues. one thing about this guy, he has your back. whenever i come to city hall, he has never had a closed door policy. he says, come see me, we will take care of the. he has always been there. it is unfortunate we have to judge this man on personal issues.
we have to look at his record. he fought hard to make district 5 a safe place. another thing i do not understand, you have police offices, they are not elected. you have bus drivers, they are not elected. he gets suspended without pay when you give cops and bus drivers suspended with pay? i do not understand that. how can you try to kill this man. he is strong. he is going to make it. he is going to be ok. [applause] we have his back. he was sworn in and he did his job. he did his job in district 5 for the african-americans. there were a lot of murders. i am sure you all know that. he stopped that, by just talking
to them. implementing programs that would give them something to do. instead of being out there on the quarter. -- corner. you have a job. you of doing good. that is why we need him. that is why we need him. [applause] >> good evening. i am here representing billeting a democratic club. ross one the election with 53% of the vote. our entire system comes from the will of the people. when one of elected officials actions have the result of voiding the election of another, that action must be addressed -- a wrong that is
fundamental to our democracy. to do otherwise sacrifices of our democracy. the memories of disenfranchisement arise from experiences abroad in undemocratic regimes or in experiences in the united states where latinos are denied democracy. this has dared those memories. the process began with disenfranchising a latina. we ask you reinstate share for mirkarimi -- reinstate sheriff mirkarimi. we ask you respect the dignity of every person who enters the criminal justice system. these are excerpts of a four page letter.
it has been submitted to you. i would like to thank you. you have been very fair and just. we appreciate that. i want to let you know that i am a former commissioner on the commission on the status of women. i understand what it dv and not dv. this is not dv. [applause] >> hello. i am here to ask that you immediately reinstate ross mirkarimi. i hope that we all take a moment to observe that this follows the memorial day weekend. the power of the vote, it is fundamental to this country. that is what lawyers have been fought over. another thing that is
fundamental -- that is what wars have been fought over. another thing that is fundamental is freedom from government. i have struggled to understand how an ethics commission -- what price, what crime testifies in validating the vote of 53%? this is a commission that looks at election law. that is what happens here. we have a basic issue of democracy at stake. if we are going to be litigating admitted conduct and and convicted conduct, where is our standard going to be for anything that comes forward in the future? what president eliciting? what conduct will you be referencing in the future?
if you are going to lower the standard as to what will be the basis for in validating an election, it must be a strong case. something where we are going to be litigating everyday activities simply cannot be a presidencedent was set in. i am also a member of the latina democratic club. i hope you'll take our public comments seriously. [applause] >> good evening. my name is richard stone. i am a member of the sentences goh greed party. i have served for ross in the past. -- of the san francisco agreed
party. i have served for ross in the past. with all the endeavors i have seen him in, dating back to before he was elected, such as being able to get the environmental impact report that stopped the building of a nuclear power plant, up to the time i worked with him with the formation of laws for medical marijuana, the community policing and all of the great accomplishments he has brought to the criminal justice community. i think it is a crime that for something that is not so serious that it would be stretched to the limits that it
has been. i really think he should be reinstated with back pay. even though it is really sad to have to go through this process, i am glad that the journey to have a due process has come from other than i thought it would. i commend you guys. i hope that in the ensuing sessions, not only will be processed a cold, but used -- will do process take hold, but justice will be served. [applause] an>> commissioners, thank you for hearing my remarks.
i am here because i am upset that you did not stop this. the sheriff is being railroaded. the mayor is squandering public funds. he is claiming official misconduct. he has not said a single specific conflict of interest. that should be enough for you to vote to recommend that the reinstatement of the share of. the lot is quite clear. -- the share of. the law is quite clear. the mayor has to show he did something he should not have done, or did not do something he should have done. none of the above applies. instead, the mayor is using this to produce a telling a vella -- a telenovela. he should get private funding. for the effort the mayor has put
into this, you would think the ballots were found floating in the day. that did not happen. mr. mirkarimi has suffered for at arms grabbing. that has nothing to do with official misconduct. you have only one ethical choice, vote to reinstate the share sheriff. do your job mel, please. thank you. [applause] >> good evening. i want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak tonight. i am here because i believe the ethics commission has a duty to the voters of this city to uphold the will of the people who democratically elected ross mirkarimi to the office of
sheriff. the country is watching what you do. undoing an election is an extremely serious matter. the suspension of our sheriff did not happen because he engaged in official misconduct. he was suspended due to political pressure. the same pressure that has victimized his wife. it has had a dramatic impact on his young son. i ask the commission to recommend that the charge be dropped and give us back our share of. -- sheriff. i also want to submit a resolution that was passed in support of ross mercury. -- ross mirkarimi. we oppose the removal of ross
mirkarimi. we request the mayor reinstate mirkarimi in the interest of justice. we encourage the members of the ethics commission and the board of supervisors to oppose this. thank you. [applause] >> thank you commissioners and deputies for a service. my name is brian webster. i am a community organizer. i work with the business, labor, and community organizations. i have worked in at san francisco for over 25 years. i support the share of -- sheriff. this is all about politics.
it is not about the law. the situation has turned into a political witch hunt. that is clear and obvious to the people of san francisco. there was no case. politics as there was. -- says that there was. the mayor suspended him and san francisco got another black eye. they should stop shooting themselves in the foot. it is said that what is at issue is wrongful behavior. the witch hunt against ross is wrongful behavior. it would be unethical to not let ellen elected share of kodak to work. please stop wasting our -- to not let our elected sheriff go back to work. please stop wasting our time. [applause]
>> good evening. i represent myself as a community and neighborhood activist. we live in a world full of gray area. people choose to live in the black and white. the mayor's role appears to be retribution. i disagree with have the mayor is handling this whole matter. it emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. it is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. justice requires that we work to restore those who have been injured to those most directly involved affected by crimes.
the government's role is to preserve a just public order. not to destroy a person, not to destroy his career or also the remnants of his marriage and separate him from his wife and child. we got to open our minds and live in those grey areas. i voted for a man who has experience as a share. he has worked on legislation to give free entry to criminals. he has a commitment and the know-how. he is a workaholic. we need his dedication. i ask you to stop spending our money with furthering this. i ask each and every one of you to do what is right, not what the mayor wants to do. i believe this is unethical. stop the attack on his personal life.
i voted, i want my vote to count. [applause] >> for the last 37 years i have lived in san francisco. i am proud to support ross mirkarimi. his tireless leadership on local law enforcement issues. his courage. he should be returned to duty immediately and made whole for the losses being suspended without pay. the public assault that has been waged on sheriff mirkarimi -- there has been a total disregard for his wife and their son. in a deal to destroy his ability to survive, not only as a public official, but as a human being, they have trampled on his
rights. they are abusing tax dollars with these manufactured charges. i want to speak to you in terms of the substantive issue. it is whether or not he has engaged in conduct toward permanently removing him from office. i advocated for working people and a variety of work places. i would say the issues did not come close to warranting termination of employment. this is such an obvious example of the mayor making a political decision and tasking the cities attorney's office with developing a case after the fact. nothing took place during his duties as sheriff. all of the allegations deal with issues out of his duty. he has been fully punished under the law.
he has been treated to a greater public humiliation. it is your opportunity to rise above this, to exercise reason, [inaudible] [applause] >> long evening. i was born and raised in san francisco. i am a father of three children. my wife is my best friend. i spent decades working as a union worker, in the press room, and also as a representative. i have never seen in the most egregious attack, this kind of assault that has gone on.
of course, the city attorney is a friend of mine. i am ashamed of him. i have told him so. it is a public lynching. you guys, i am concerned about, a going to be used -- are going to be used to make this something you shift to the board of supervisors. the board of supervisors have to decide, do i sacrificed my relationship with the mayor or do i do what is right? nothing in the incident rises to the level of a crime. he pled guilty to false imprisonment in a deal. he has explained it. he was guilty of what happened. that does not rise to the level of domestic violence. there is no history, no pattern.
there was no burning of buildings. there was no falsifying addresses. there was a family argument over the custody of theo. i went through something like that. i felt pain when i thought of is going to lose the custody of my children. you a going to be used. i think you are being used. i wanted to recognize that and pass on -- >> thank you. i would invite the next speaker to come up. thank you. [applause] >> good evening. thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my feelings. sorry if i am nervous.