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Gascon to Ross: Do What I Say, Not What I Do

by Larry Bush 10.11.2012

District Attorney George Gascon, who has the worst enforcement record on domestic violence cases in the Bay Area — dropping 6,200 out of 8,600 cases in recent years — now would like reinstated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to abandon his sheriff’s duties to oversee programs and responsibilities regarding domestic violence at the sheriff’s department. “I am […]

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The Ross M. Story The Chron Won’t Publish

by Larry Bush 10.08.2012

(A few hours after CitiReport posted this, the Chron’s Debra Saunders posted Evelyn’s article on Debra’s blog. Read her intro and the post here: http://blog.sfgate.com/djsaunders/2012/10/08/former-girlfriend-defends-mirkarimi/ (This is from Evelyn Nieves, a respected journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and other publications. She has just returned from on-site reporting from the […]

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Candidates Answer CitiReport Questions

by Larry Bush 10.02.2012

Candidates Talk It Up There was near universal support for increasing transparency (providing a Guide for Contributors to reduce confusion, providing material in languages other than English, requiring electronic reporting), and for tightening up the potential for influence-peddling (a ban on contributions from lobbyists, a ban on giving contributions in City Hall itself). Overall, there […]

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Pictures Tell The Story

by Larry Bush 10.02.2012

CitiReport is pleased to present the artful story-telling of Joe Luby on the topic of the month — the Official Misconduct charge against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Scroll down for an illustrated Guide to Mayor Lee and the Ethics Commission. The final two panels should be considered to be a single panel.  

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CitiReport’s 2012 Supe Candidate Questionnaire

by Larry Bush 10.02.2012

(This is the questionnaire and the introduction to ethics issues sent to the candidates for supervisor for 2012. While CitiReport did not send this as well to the Community College and School Board candidates, we are pleased to make this available to any organizations or individuals who would like to do so. Most of the […]

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What Ethics Chair Ben Hur Didn’t Know

by Larry Bush 09.26.2012

 “Indeed, granting the Sheriff’s request (for a post-election delay) could cause the Commission to engage in the type of political maneuvering that it seeks to avoid.” Ben Hur, Ethics Commission Chair, denying a delay. As the months-long process of Ethics Commission hearings unwound, Commission Chair Ben Hur demonstrated the demeanor and familiarity with the legal […]

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City Officials on the A List for Free Tickets

by Larry Bush 09.10.2012

City agencies gifted elected officials, commissioners, senior managers and selected community groups with more than $319,000 worth of tickets to San Francisco 49er games, Opera, Symphony, Ballet and various entertainments in 2011 and for the first eight months of 2012, according to documents on file with San Francisco city departments. Four San Francisco agencies post […]

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City Officials Fail To Report Financial Interests

by Larry Bush 09.10.2012

City officials with a say over awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and monitoring over a billion dollars in spending from bond funds failed to comply with state laws requiring that they publicly disclosure their potential financial conflicts of interest months after the state deadline. Among the officials who have not filed by […]

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The Great Dissent: Hur Says No

by Larry Bush 09.10.2012

(Photo of Ethics Commission courtesy of Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal) The Great Dissent When history repeats itself, often it is because a majority got it wrong and the minority view struggled until its wisdom was recognized. That’s the case with the Ethics Commission and its chair, Ben Hur, who dissented from the majority by […]

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The New Lee Doctrine

by Larry Bush 07.20.2012

(Mayor Ed Lee with City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Photo courtesy of Luke Thomas) Mayor Ed Lee wants everyone to know that he told the truth when he testified before the Ethics Commission. I believe him. Not that he never talked to any supervisors about the Mirkarimi case, or gave a wink to a back channel […]

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