In a shocking end to the melodrama that has consumed San Francisco City Hall for the past nine months, the Board of Supervisors bucked Mayor Ed Lee late Tuesday night by giving suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi his job back.
Four members of the board rejected Lee's call that Mirkarimi be permanently removed for committing official misconduct, an allegation that stemmed from a New Year's Eve fight with his wife for which he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment.
Lee needed nine of the 11 supervisors' votes to oust Mirkarimi. Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim and - in a major blow to Lee - the mayor's appointee, Christina Olague, voted to reinstate Mirkarimi....
"As a former mayor, I know extraordinary power," Agnos said. "During the Loma Prieta earthquake, I used a state of emergency to close neighborhoods, hold people without charges, put the Army on the streets of our city. But I never had this kind of power. And no one should."
As reprehensible as his actions were, they did occur before he was sworn into office. This whole thing has been a political vendetta since Day One. Now let's see Ross sue the city for back pay!