To be fair, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was having a bad day. At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Mirkarimi’s plastic bag legislation was continued to Feb. 7, 2012. Mirkarimi will be sworn in as sheriff in January 2012 so the continuance means he won’t be on the board to participate in the last battle in his war on plastic bags.
But speaking of wars…a few minutes later the board took up the discussion of Mirkarimi’s proposed payroll tax credit for ex-felons. When addressing the concern that employers should not receive a bigger tax credit for hiring an ex-offender than a veteran, here’s what he had to say:
[For anyone who cannot play the video, here is what he said: So, that’s what’s before us and I’m more than happy to hear any feedback on this legislation. If people want to amend this include veterans, go at it. Which war do you want to start with? Seriously. Vietnam? Grenada? I mean seriously, which war do you want to go with? And how would that accommodate a population in San Francisco without hitting our general fund?]
[Also, if you want to see the whole debate, go here.]
As soon as Mirkarimi's Petulance Train went off the rails into Condescension to Vetsville, my cell phone lit up with unprintable texts from angry City Hall staffers. I agreed with their sentiment and sent back unladlylike words of my own.
But there's no need for me to editorialize too much here. You can decide for yourself what you think of Mirkarimi's little outburst. Because this is a free country.
1) The felony tax credit failed by a 5-6 vote. David Campos, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, and Ross Mirkarimi all voted yes. John Avalos, David Chiu, Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd, Mark Farrell, and Scott Wiener voted no.
2) Mirkarimi was recently elected to the office of San Francisco Sheriff. A recent analysis by politics professors David Latterman and Corey Cook concludes that Mirkarimi would have lost the race to be Sheriff if he has been forced into a runoff instead of winning in a ranked choice voting system.
3) Here is what Supervisor Farrell had to say during the debate:
[Agian, for those of you who can't see the video, here's what he said: To me, I just think we are…this piece of legislation, while well intentioned, and I appreciate the method, er, the theory behind it, is just not seeing the forest through the trees here and what we’re doing as the city of San Francisco. It is a slap in the face to the thousands and tens of thousands of San Franciscans – law abiding San Franciscans - that are waking up every day looking for work and can’t find work. And what message are we sending to them? There is no way that I would support this, and I will support it going back to committee only with the hope that it dies a quick death in committee whenever it does arrive there.]