When police officers shoot and kill an unarmed person, they are suspended with pay for the duration of the investigation. What the people of San Francisco have witnessed for 10 months now has been an
inquisition-like persecution of our elected sheriff.
My elderly mother was distraught that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife were forbidden to speak to each other for seven months; that they were forced to live apart, regardless of the trauma that caused their young son; and that the sheriff was suspended without pay while a retired sheriff was brought in who collected not only her own generous pension but also the sheriff’s salary at the taxpayers’ expense.
Also egregious in all this has been the distortion and exaggeration by Mayor Ed Lee and the mainstream media. Melissa Griffin’s inflammatory, disrespectful columns, in which she engages in name calling of those of us who are appalled by the torch-and-pitchfork tone of developments in this case, are not professional. Name calling is not journalism.
We hope the Board of Supervisors has the courage and integrity to restore our elected sheriff to his post this Tuesday based strictly on the issue before them and not political considerations or intimidation.
Among many fiscally irresponsible acts, our current Recreation and Park Department management has plagued taxpayers with multiple costly lawsuits caused by gross mismanagement. The politically driven general manager, Phil Ginsburg, an attorney, worked at the City Attorney’s Office from 2000-2004, where he made valuable friends. Later he was given his manager position at Rec and Park by pal Gavin Newsom, even though he had no parks experience. Since the Rec and Park budget is one of the largest in the nation, this was akin to giving Ginsburg the keys to The City.
Ever since Ginsburg’s appointment there’s been a devil-may-care attitude about following all sorts of laws, master plans, city codes, etc.
The results of which have kept Ginsburg’s friends at the City Attorney’s Office well employed and working overtime on lawsuits that could have easily been avoided. A few examples are these lawsuits: Beach Chalet Soccer Fields, Stow Lake Boathouse (two lawsuits still pending), Sharp Park, North Beach Library/Joe DiMaggio playground, Candlestick Park, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling and Native Plant Center.
And there’s the 2011 scandal where Rec and Park emails proved that Rec and Park management surreptitiously tried to either cancel, or alter, a Commonwealth Club event titled “Golden Gate Park Under Siege.” So along with wasting our money, privatizing the parks, etc., Rec and Park puts free speech under siege as well.
Until Rec and Park gives a full, independent accounting of their budgets, including lawsuits, they don’t deserve a dime more of anyone’s hard-earned money.
Suzanne R. Dumont
I watched the debate on my laptop computer via live streaming on ABC News.
The initial response from the political commentators on ABC News (Amy Walter, Dan Harris) right after the debate was that Romney won the debate.
I disagree with that assessment.
Yes, Romney was aggressive. And he was slick. But being slick and having substance are two different things.
For President Barack Obama, he was able to deliver a number of pointed statements during the debate. He tried to keep his focus throughout the debate on the American people, not on ratings.
There are two more debates, then the American people will decide.