I believe Ross Mirkarimi deserves to have his job back as San Francisco Sheriff because of his record as elected official, the local legislative pieces he has led or supported when he was SF Supervisor -such as the ban on plastic bags and other pro-environment measures, and his stand on important issues as member of the so-called “progressive movement.”
I worked at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for one year and saw then-Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in action, fighting all kinds of battles, especially when asked by his constituents, and Ross and his team working in all kinds of community causes and innovative approaches to public safety.
My long time friends Marcos, Isabel, Juana, myself and others have said from day one: That the perhaps dysfunction this couple had been going through did not merit him being treated the way he has been nor his family being punished by a local community that claims to be highly evolved -and organic.
The same local community that once believed that taking away the manicured gardens in front of City Hall a beloved former Mayor had treated with care, and replacing them with herb plants, lettuce, other green leafs and vegetables would truly make a difference, especially when allowed to work the land and soil!
ABC7 San Francisco’s seasoned investigative reporter Dan Noyes traveled to Caracas, Venezuela where now Mirkarimi’s wife and son are living, and interviewed her. Noyes has presented in a few minutes, a good portray of the people involved and affected by this scandal, their pain, and plans. Expressed just today as a post on Facebook, I have asked Dan Noyes…
Could you do a story on the possibility that some people and some newsrooms fall prey to a word/concept -in this case “domestic abuse/violence” without daring to, right when it is happening, think critically and report accordingly?
I would like to see what cognitive linguist and local professor George Lakoff has to say about this subject matter (meaning about how we follow words or what the sounding of things make us think of, what does this say
about us when we follow what others say, etc)
plus Noyes’ journalistic input in action.
It is in this type of situations when a Mayor, in this case, Mayor Ed Lee, has an opportunity to show his true character. God knows what other interests and agendas are behind the curtains. Or maybe there are none. In that case, could Mayor Lee take another look at his decision? Could it be possible that Mayor Lee was also prey to political correctness and other social pressures?
I would like Dan Noyes to investigate: Dan, Could you also do an investigative piece that would provide us the public with valid, proven, factual points to feed our need for a balanced, impartial perspective to counter-argue the “Conspiracy Theory” that qualifies this case as politically-ill driven?