An apparent bomb threat for City Hall and another unnamed building abruptly stopped the tense official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on Friday as Mayor Ed Lee — acting as a witness — answered questions from a defense attorney.
The mayor was led out of the hearing room on the fourth floor of City Hall as staffers and security officials scrambled about the mayor’s second floor executive offices. However, the building was not locked down or cleared.
Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Susan Fahey said the threat was received by San Francisco police. Several officers rushed into the ground floor of City Hall shortly before the meeting was adjourned. Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix said a sheriff’s deputy guarding the room told him to stop the proceedings. St. Croix whispered something to the commission chairman, who adjourned the meeting at about 1:30 p.m., 10 to 15 minutes into the mayor’s testimony.
At the time, Lee was answering questions as to who he consulted before he sought to suspend Mirkarimi on the official misconduct.
The hearings before The City’s Ethics Commission are being held to determine whether the mayor’s recent suspension of Mirkarimi should be upheld. The sheriff pleaded guilty to domestic violence against his wife in March and was quickly suspended without pay by the mayor.