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City Sheriff: Board of Supervisors' Vote Reinstates Sheriff

Board of Supervisors' Vote Reinstates SheriffMayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the Board of Supervisors’ 7-4 vote against sustaining charges of official misconduct against Ross Mirkarimi, which required at least nine votes to sustain the charges for removal as San Francisco’s Sheriff:
“I strongly disagree with the action taken by Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Kim and Olague this evening. I believe, and the Ethics Commission and a majority of the Board of Supervisors agrees with me, that the facts clearly demonstrate that Ross Mirkarimi’s actions and his domestic violence related conviction falls below the ethical conduct we expect of our elected Sheriff and constitutes official misconduct.
The Board’s decision returns a convicted domestic batterer to lead the Sheriff’s Office, and I am concerned about our City’s nationally-recognized domestic violence programs. I will do everything in my power to ensure that abusers continue to be held accountable and that victims and witnesses of domestic violence will not be silenced. Read more.

For more information see:
A) Ethics Commission Documents relating to official misconduct charges against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
- http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2012/04/documents-relating-to-official-misconduct-charges-against-sheriff-ross-mirkarimi.html

B) Legal Counsel's Response to the Recommendations of the Ethics Commission
- http://www.sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=13522


City Sheriff: Results of Official Misconduct Hearings

Results of Official Misconduct Hearings on Ross Mirkarimi Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the Ethics Commission’s recommendation to the Board of Supervisors concerning charges of official misconduct against Ross Mirkarimi:

“I am pleased that the members of the Ethics Commission, following a careful review of the evidence, and in the face of a sustained campaign to distract and misdirect them from the facts, agreed with me that Ross Mirkarimi’s actions constitute official misconduct and fall below the ethical conduct we expect of the sheriff, our top law enforcement officer.

It is now up to the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors to carefully weigh the evidence before them and consider the facts around Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct. The members of the Ethics Commission have sent a powerful message and strong case to the Board of Supervisors for why Ross Mirkarimi is unfit to serve the people of San Francisco as Sheriff. Read more.


Sustainable Development: San Francisco Joins U.N. Resilient Cities Campaign

Unisdr-logoMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to join the United Nations’ Making Cities Resilient Campaign, an initiative to empower cities around the world to reduce the loss of life and property to disasters and protect the social, economic and environmental assets of communities.

“San Francisco has worked tirelessly to increase our overall resilience by investing in our physical infrastructure, such as our water system, and increasing the capacity of our residents and communities to respond to and rapidly recover from disasters,” said Mayor Lee.

“We welcome Mayor Edwin Lee on behalf of the people of San Francisco as the 1000th city to join the UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign,” said U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction Margareta Wahlström. “San Francisco’s participation further signifies that cities of all sizes and economic strength are prepared to take the lead on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We are also particularly pleased to designate San Francisco as a role model city for ‘Advancing Resilience Through the Whole Community Approach’ given the City’s efforts to engage its citizens at neighborhood level in building resilience.” Read more.


New Arena: Mayor Announces Golden State Warriors Moving to SF

New Arena: Mayor Announces Golden State Warriors Moving to SF

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the Golden State Warriors plan to build a new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront in San Francisco in time for the 2017-18 NBA season. The privately financed arena will be located at Piers 30-32 on San Francisco Bay, south of the Bay Bridge, between the Ferry Building and AT&T Park. 

“We are working with the Warriors to get a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena built on the waterfront in San Francisco and completed in 2017,” said Mayor Lee. “The Warriors have been the Bay Area’s basketball team for 50 years, and today sets the stage for the Warriors to be the Bay Area’s team for another 50. This project will provide millions of dollars in new tax revenue for San Francisco over the long term for services local residents need including public safety, parks, public transit, pothole repair, youth programs and senior services.”

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Golden Gate: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary via Social Media

Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge

May 27, 2012 marks 75 years for the Golden Gate Bridge and a wonderful opportunity to recognize the history, beauty, and ingenuity of this famous span. The City and County of San Francisco in cooperation with other regional agencies is launching a 75th anniversary program.

We have started our celebration with a photo contest to celebrate the beauty of the Bridge. The photo contest held on Facebook during the month of April, open to people from all over the world, was a huge success. People submitted, via Facebook, a lot of photos of the Bridge and then voted to select a winner. The great winning photo (shown on the right), submitted by Hanno Botha, shows the Gate emerging from the quiet night sky. Congratulations to Hanno! We also appreciate the effort of everyone who participated.

Visit the City & County of San Francisco on Facebook: http://facebook.com/sf

For more information about the 75th Anniversary celebrations visit: http://goldengatebridge75.org/