This campaign season, I have been stressing the need for city policies that create safe neighborhoods and healthy families. San Franciscans want a city government and leaders they trust to create those conditions.
On December 31, 2011, Ross Mirkarimi broke that trust. Over the past eight months, Mr. Mirkarimi has continued to resist charges of official misconduct brought by Mayor Lee and the City Ethics Commission, despite pleading guilty to a misdemeanor related to his domestic violence incident.
Now it is time for the Board of Supervisors to do what's right. Soon, they will be voting on whether to allow Mr. Mirkarimi to return to the Sheriff's office or be permanently removed from office.
We need to safeguard San Francisco's future now. As a husband, a father, and a community leader, I cannot condone allowing Mr. Mirkarimi to continue as our top law enforcement official. I therefore call on the Board of Supervisors to permanently remove Mr. Mirkarimi from office. In my 35-year career in service to our City's young children and families, I have personally witnessed mothers coming to my organization for help with domestic violence issues. From these encounters, I know first hand the physical and emotional damage that instances of domestic violence can cause.
Let's uphold the public trust. Let's uphold what's right for San Francisco's families.