I’ve never seen this:
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“San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has arrived at the first moment of truth for his still-fledging administration – what to do about Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
OK WILLIE, YOU’RE GOING TO NEED TO USE YOUR WORDS. THIS IS HIS FIRST MOMENT OF TRUTH BECAUSE… BECAUSE WHY? HE COULD LET THE WHOLE THING SLIDE AND THEN THAT WOULD BE THAT, RIGHT? THERE WOULD NO “MOMENT” OF ANYTHING.
The plea bargain that was struck in Mirkarimi’s case, in which he pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of his wife rather than a clear charge of domestic violence, has dropped the mayor into “the barrel,” as we say in politics.
“BARREL? I’VE NEVER HEARD THAT TERM USED IN THIS CONTEXT. BUT IF YOU SAY SO…
The mayor has to decide whether to try to force Mirkarimi’s removal from office – a tough call under any circumstances, but one made doubly tough by the politics surrounding the decision.
TOUGH CALL? PLEASE EXPLICATE.
For one, the false-imprisonment conviction [sic] lets Mirkarimi keep his gun, so the mayor can’t try to remove him on the grounds he can’t perform his duties.
UH, HOW WEAK AN ARGUMENT IS THIS? SHERIFF OF SAN FRANCISCO IS A ELECTED, POLITICAL JOB. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GUNMANSHIP OR WHATHAVEYOU. (RIGHT? OTHERWISE, THE CANDIDATES WOULD DEBATE BY SIMPLY MEETING AT THE SHOOTING RANGE INSTEAD OF THE GENTEEL COMMOMWEALTH CLUB.
Second, the person Lee is largely relying on for legal advice is City Attorney Dennis Herrera – who just ran against him for mayor and might do so again in 2015.
OK, BUT HOW DOES THIS HELP US?
If the mayor does seek to oust Mirkarimi, it will be up to Herrera to press the case – so Herrera has to be thinking about winding up in the barrel as well.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? THAT DENNIS WILL BE TEMPTED TO GIVE BAD ADVICE TO SAVE HIS OWN SKIN? REALLY?
Third, should Lee pursue this, he’ll be putting all the supervisors on the hot seat, because they’re the jury that decides whether the sheriff stays or goes.
MOST OF THE SUPERVISORS WOULD NOT BE IN THE “HOT SEAT.” THEY WOULD JUST VOTE AS THey’re TOLD BY THE WILLIE BROWN POLITICAL FACTION, AS PER USUAL.
It would be especially uncomfortable for Mirkarimi’s fellow progressives who are up for re-election in the fall.
I THINK IT WOULD BE MORE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THE “PROGRESSIVES” WHO ARE NOT UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN THE FALL… THINK ABOUT IT WILLIE.
They are not going to be happy about being put in the barrel, either.
BARREL, WTF? OH, I REMEMBER NOW WHAT THAT MEANS. I THINK. (DID YOU JUST MAKE UP A WORD, WILLIE? I THINK SO.)
On the other hand, if the mayor doesn’t pursue Mirkarimi’s removal, he and he alone will have to answer to critics as to why the sheriff was allowed to stay on after being convicted.
WELL, BECAUSE IT WAS EXPEDIENT HE COULD SAY. ED LEE NEEDS TO BALANCE THE PROS AND CONS OF HOW SUCH AN ACTION BENEFITS AND HARMS HIS (AND ACTUALLY, WILLIE, _YOUR_) FACTION.
At the very least, if Lee opts not to pursue the case, he should make the city attorney’s opinion public. At least that way, he could point the finger elsewhere.
WOW, NOW THERE’S SOME SOLID ADVICE.
No matter what the call, if I were Mirkarimi, I would be really worried about July. That’s when recall petitions can begin circulating to recall the sheriff. And given the mood of the women in the anti-domestic violence network, I’d say a recall is inevitable.
WHAT’S THAT, A RECALL IS INEVITABLE? WELL, THAT’S WHAT YOU THINK.
ACTUALLY, I’M NOT EVEN SURE THAT A SERIOUS RECALL _ATTEMPT_ IS INEVITABLE.
UH, IS THIS THE KIND OF MATERIAL THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY THEY SHELLED OUT $2 FOR A PHYSICAL CHRONICLE?
Willie Brown flying over JHP, as free as a bird:
Has it been only three years since the Cosco Busan, the leakiest 2001 Hyundai ever, spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel* into the bay? Seems longer.
Anyway, turns out that a dude who supposed to be up front looking out for stuff in the pea soup fog was downstairs in the galley eating breakfast. I did not know that, no sir. Of course, the idea to depart on sked despite the fog came from the bar pilot, so that’s the person who’s primarily responsible. But there still plenty of blame to go around. Deets below.
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All right, it’s Blame Time:
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the following probable causes of the accident:
– the pilot’s degraded cognitive performance from his use of prescription medications, despite his completely clean post accident drug test,
– the absence of a comprehensive pre-departure master/pilot exchange and a lack of effective communication between Pilot John Cota and Master Mao Cai Sun during the accident voyage, and
– (COSCO Busan Master) Sun’s ineffective oversight of Cota’s piloting performance and the vessel’s progress.
Other contributing factors included:
– the failure of Fleet Management Ltd. to train the COSCO Busan crewmembers (which led to such acts of gross negligence as the bow lookout eating breakfast in the galley instead of being on watch) and Fleet Management’s failure to ensure that the crew understood and complied with the company’s safety management system;
– the failure of Caltrans to maintain foghorns on the bridge which were silent despite the heavy fog;
– the failure of Vessel Traffic Safety (VTS) to alert Cota and Sun that they were headed for the tower. VTS is legally required to alert a vessel if an accident appears imminent, yet they remained silent;
– the malfunctioning radar on the COSCO Busan, which led Captains Cota and Sun to use an electronic chart for the rest of the voyage. Although Coast Guard investigators found the radar to be in working order, they did not examine it until days after the accident (allowing time for faulty equipment to be fixed, which is not uncommon after a marine accident)
– Captain Sun’s incorrect identification of symbols on the electronic chart;
– the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to provide adequate medical oversight of Cota, in view of the medical and medication information he had reported to the Coast Guard
Happy Anniversary, Cosco Busan, or should I say MSC Venezia? Don’t ever come back.
*Yeah, Wiki is still wrong on that gallonage figure, partly due to the U.S. Coast Guard sitting on information for months and months ’cause they didn’t want to earn themselves any more bad press.
Patched up and riding high – the last time we saw the Cosco Busan back in 2007. Will it ever come back? She’s called the MSC Venezia these days, currently working in the Canaries.
Oh well, she’s not the first Hyundai to leak oil into San Francsico Bay, and she won’t be the last.
The full release, after the jump