Conflicted San Francisco voters eject sanctuary city sheriff

posted at 9:21 am on November 4, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

There’s something strange going on in the City by the Bay after yesterday’s municipal elections, but I suspect that it’s far too early to get very excited about it. San Francisco voters went to the polls and rejected their sheriff who had become something of the face of the so called “sanctuary city” and they did so by a wide margin. (Fox News)

Embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi convincingly lost his bid for re-election Tuesday after spending months in the national spotlight as the face of his city’s controversial “sanctuary city” policy on illegal immigration.

Mirkarimi, 54, was defeated by Vicki Hennessy, a former sheriff’s official who had the endorsement of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the sheriff deputies association. With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Henessy had received 63 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi was at the helm of the Sheriff’s department when Francisco Sanchez was released in defiance of immigration law requirements, only to go on to murder Kate Steinle this summer. Hennessy, the incoming Sheriff, has been critical of the policy in the past.

Hennessy has previously said the sheriff’s order barring the San Francisco jail from cooperating with immigration officials is misguided. There are cases, she said, when federal immigration officials should be notified that the jail is about to release an inmate who is in the country illegally.

Those are actually some fairly milquetoast comments which would still be seen as heavily liberal leaning anywhere outside of the nation’s most progressive urban hubs, but it’s still better than nothing. Being willing to admit that there may be some cases where local law enforcement should actually enforce the law in terms of federal immigration statutes may be a baby step in the right direction, but it’s at least a step.

Still, it looks like Mirkarimi had some other problems brewing before election time rolled around. We’re not talking about huge scandals here, but the local reporting does indicate that he had his driver’s license suspended for a short time when he failed to report a minor car accident and he failed his marksmanship test earlier in the year. Some other, more serious allegations dealt with a high profile escape at the jail (bringing his leadership and security handling into question) and a case where jailers were staging fights between inmates for gambling purposes. (But if the boys are going to scrap anyway, making a few bucks off the deal is just old fashioned capitalism, really.)

So were the voters sending a message on the Sheriff’s sanctuary city status or did they just not care for the job Mirkarimi was doing in general? They keep electing the same old progressives to other leadership positions in the city and in October their board of supervisors unanimously gave a thumbs up to a resolution keeping the city’s sanctuary status in place. It doesn’t sound like the voters have let the murder of one of their own residents by a violent illegal alien felon put them off their feed all that much or we’d have seen more people in city government getting the boot.

We’ll put a bookmark on this one and see if there is any more movement in San Francisco in the direction of sanity. At this point I’m not holding my breath.


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So, even SanFran is saying to never go full Socialism.

faraway on November 4, 2015 at 9:23 AM

It’s good that he’s gone but he should be frogmarched to jail and stand trial as an Accessory before the fact in Kate Steinle’s murder.

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Not holding my breath either…..

cmsinaz on November 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

There’s no way Mirkarimi lost over the sanctuary issue alone (it’s San Fran after all) which is too bad. He is an overall incompetent and had several other problems, just read the article. (H/T to Ricard in the gender/Houston/bathroom thread for the link).

Note that his replacement has a very limited view of revisions to the existing policy:

Hennessy has previously said the sheriff’s order barring the San Francisco jail from cooperating with immigration officials is misguided. There are cases, she said, when federal immigration officials should be notified that the jail is about to release an inmate who is in the country illegally.

“Cases”, should be every single case, but being San Fran, it isn’t.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 4, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Nancy Pelosi is the problem – you SF morons.

AprilApple on November 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

I was wondering what bawney fwanks was doing after he left congress…..

VegasRick on November 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

They thought he was Japanese or better yet Iranian. Now they’ve all seen he’s just a pudgy white guy.

claudius on November 4, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Well this is a nice first step….

so when do they charge the members of the Board of
Supervisors with being Criminally negligent in the death
of that woman by an illegal?? And the MAYOR.

ToddPA on November 4, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Sometimes parents need to use some tough love to get their children to stop acting childish. I wonder if removing federal funding would push them from baby steps to actual walking.

Ukiah on November 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

In a two candidate election in SanFran, there is the progressive candidate and the candidate that isn’t quite full-blown socialist.

Heaven forbid SanFran gets any other type of candidate – it would be too much for them.

Turtle317 on November 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

This Vicki Hennessy appears to be an actual woman, not a virtual woman. Why couldn’t they find a qualified trannie?

claudius on November 4, 2015 at 9:36 AM

I’m pleasantly surprised. San Francisco is so screwed up that you don’t expect the people there to make the right decision on anything. I’m glad there is at least some sanity left in that crazy town.

SoulGlo on November 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Were he and bathtub boy Keith Olbermann separated at birth?

James on November 4, 2015 at 9:38 AM

Voters kicked him out because he wasn’t an illegal alien.

darwin on November 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM

Maybe the dead registered too late.

TimBuk3 on November 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM

and he failed his marksmanship test earlier in the year.

What happened? Did he break a nail and they had to stop the test?

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM

It doesn’t sound like the voters have let the murder of one of their own residents by a violent illegal alien felon put them off their feed all that much or we’d have seen more people in city government getting the boot.

The voters did the minimum possible to clear their consciences of the murder of Kathryn Steinle. They’ve thrown out their sheriff (who, even though he’s a liberal, you really couldn’t trust anyway, because you can’t trust anyone in law enforcement) and can now resume their proper roles of going full-bore progressive with no concerns about the consequences of their actions.

jon1979 on November 4, 2015 at 9:48 AM

and he failed his marksmanship test earlier in the year.

What happened? Did he break a nail and they had to stop the test?

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Ever been to a gun range and watched cops shoot?

It’s like watching Imperial Stormtroopers practice marksmanship. And it’s also a little dangerous.

I did better my first time ever at the range with a pistol than so-called “professional” cops that I’ve observed.

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

Vicki Hennessy, formerly Ralph Hennessy…

She is the wife or retired police officer and was appointed as Sheriff when Mirkarimi was accused of domestic abuse, and the charge was plea bargained down.

He was a loser, and let’s face it, a woman running for Sheriff in San Fran, the only thing better is a transgender running.

right2bright on November 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

This Vicki Hennessy appears to be an actual woman…

claudius on November 4, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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Really? Let’s just say she looks “low energy” like a lot of other men and women who inhabit government officialdom.

ExpressoBold on November 4, 2015 at 9:51 AM

I’m glad there is at least some sanity left in that crazy town.

SoulGlo on November 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Not in anyone running for any office.
What makes you think Miss Vicki sees things in S.F. any differently?

leftamark on November 4, 2015 at 9:52 AM

I did better my first time ever at the range with a pistol than so-called “professional” cops that I’ve observed.

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

That is why I laugh at people who say, they should “shoot to wound”. If they actually kill someone, it is an accident because they are not that good of shots.

Very few, exceptions are those on the various shooting teams, are even close to the shooting ability as the everyday hunter.

right2bright on November 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM

It’s like watching Imperial Stormtroopers practice marksmanship.

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

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HAH! Those guys can’t hit anythi… oh.

ExpressoBold on November 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Nancy Pelosi is the problem – you SF morons.

AprilApple on November 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

They probably keep her as a relic, defanged and neutered. It’s not that the good citizens of San-Fran can’t elect an even crazier progressive lunatic if they put her out to pasture.

Rix on November 4, 2015 at 9:55 AM

One more worthless cop fired. Don’t worry though, he’ll show up in some county burb somewhere and be just as valuable as he was in SanFran.

Mr. Arrogant on November 4, 2015 at 9:56 AM

I did better my first time ever at the range with a pistol than so-called “professional” cops that I’ve observed.

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

They can hit 10 out of 10 donuts across the counter – and they don’t even need a handgun for it. Can you?

Rix on November 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Ever been to a gun range and watched cops shoot?

It’s like watching Imperial Stormtroopers practice marksmanship. And it’s also a little dangerous.

I did better my first time ever at the range with a pistol than so-called “professional” cops that I’ve observed.

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

I go to the range at Buds weekly and get to watch them sometimes. I shoot better with my weak hand than most of them.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Another pelt, for Trumps belt.

renalin on November 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM

They can hit 10 out of 10 donuts across the counter – and they don’t even need a handgun for it. Can you?

Rix on November 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

I blame their training doctrine actually (whatever of it there is, there are NO training standards for city cops at all!)

Cops are trained to empty their magazine as fast as possible. Not for accuracy. Which doesn’t work well with a pistol, not if you want better odd of hitting the target rather than an innocent bystander…

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM

I go to the range at Buds weekly and get to watch them sometimes. I shoot better with my weak hand than most of them.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Want to know why we shoot better than them?

Because we PAY FOR OUR OWN AMMO… When it’s your money invested you have a greater incentive to put it downrange and on target don’t you?

Besides, it crosses my mind that my life, the life of my mom, my dad, my sisters, my nieces and nephews might depend on what I do with ONE SHOT!

(I’m sure that crosses all our minds when we are practicing at the range)

ConstantineXI on November 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM

From the Nitpick Correction Department…

It doesn’t sound like the voters have let the murder of one of their own residents by a violent illegal alien felon put them off their feed all that much or we’d have seen more people in city government getting the boot.

Kate Steinle was a resident of Pleasanton, Calif., located in the East Bay.

aunursa on November 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Trump is the only candidate positioned to pick up these Democrat immigration hawks, and that’s a lot of votes. Hillary already pledged to be more insane then Obama.

By the way, how can the cops there have such drab looking un-fabulous uniforms?

Buddahpundit on November 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Still, it looks like Mirkarimi had some other problems brewing before election time rolled around. We’re not talking about huge scandals here, but the local reporting does indicate that he had his driver’s license suspended for a short time when he failed to report a minor car accident and he failed his marksmanship test earlier in the year. – Jazz Shaw

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Hey, Jazz… did you miss the incident where he was charged with

domestic violence battery, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness.[2] The charges came five days after he was sworn in publicly as sheriff and resulted from an altercation Mirkarimi had with his wife before he became sheriff, on New Year’s Eve.

You didn’t consult wiki before you wrote that misleading sentence, did you? Read the whole entry; it’s rife with accounts of just how bad Mirkarimi is including:

In 2008, Mirkarimi supported a controversial resolution by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors asking the state to drop charges against the San Francisco 8, eight former Black Panthers arrested for their involvement in the 1971 murder of Sgt. John V. Young at San Francisco’s Ingleside Police station.

Don’t get yourself killed by thugs on Mirkarimi’s watch ’cause you ain’t gonna get any top-down law enforcement support.
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Mirkarimi is a LEO joke.

ExpressoBold on November 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

the jail is about to release an inmate who is in the country illegally

I’m old enough to remember when breaking the law meant you had to go through the legal process.

Bishop on November 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM

I’m old enough to remember when breaking the law meant you had to go through the legal process.

Bishop on November 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Unlike citizens, illegal aliens don’t have to worry about consequences for committing identity fraud,m driving under the influence, driving without a license, not having insurance, etc.

bw222 on November 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM

I go to the range at Buds weekly and get to watch them sometimes. I shoot better with my weak hand than most of them.

Johnnyreb on November 4, 2015 at 9:59 AM

I’ve watched officers heave their fat azzes from the squad car and then squeeze through the range door, huffing and puffing and red faced. Then they fumble out their sidearm and go through the motions as if they’ve never handled a pistol before. Fire off half a box at a paper target 15 feet away, and call it good.

I know officers personally who aren’t like that and take their shooting and fitness seriously, but when I see the lard butts I’m like “Seriously? I’m going to barricade myself and wait for YOU to come save me? Don’t think so.”

Bishop on November 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM

I’m pleasantly surprised. San Francisco is so screwed up that you don’t expect the people there to make the right decision on anything.

SoulGlo on November 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Well, they didn’t really make a right choice, so much as a less left choice.

GWB on November 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Bishop on November 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM

“Why do you carry a gun?”
“Because a cop is too damned heavy.”

GWB on November 4, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Wonder what voter turnout was like, probably very low for this relatively minor election. I suspect the demographic was not representative of the usual SF electorate, and wouldn’t draw any conclusions about a new Age of Reason in that town.

Kenosha Kid on November 4, 2015 at 10:51 AM

It’s ironic that they wear green uniforms, the same color as Border Patrol officers.

And, he failed a marksmanship test? Lol. He probably thinks that guns are icky.

Ward Cleaver on November 4, 2015 at 10:56 AM

I read on Yahoo that Mirkarimi’s cops had the duty of searching for a missing patient at a hospital. They couldn’t find her. Nine days later she was found in the hospital stairwell and was dead from starvation and dehydration.

Vince on November 4, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Jazz doesn’t bother with research. It gets in the way of what he wants to say.

lexhamfox on November 4, 2015 at 11:20 AM

I’m afraid he is only one of the obstacles to sanity in ‘Frisco.

TerryW on November 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Sounds like shooting the messenger to me.

GrumpyOldFart on November 4, 2015 at 12:46 PM

And, because of his “domestic violence” issues, he had to be extended an exemption just to carry (in uniform) a side-arm – issues that have cost lessor cops their jobs.
For once, the people of The City, took a step in the “correct” direction.

Another Drew on November 4, 2015 at 1:19 PM

It’s ironic that they wear green uniforms, the same color as Border Patrol officers.
And, he failed a marksmanship test? Lol. He probably thinks that guns are icky.
Ward Cleaver on November 4, 2015 at 10:56 AM

CA prescribes to a “model regulation” that has municipal cops in dark blue, county sheriff’s in olive-drab, and state officers (e.g. CHP) in khaki.

Another Drew on November 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Kate Steinle was a resident of Pleasanton, Calif., located in the East Bay.
aunursa on November 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Even worse, she was a “visitor” in a city that survives on tourist Dollars.

Another Drew on November 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM

She appears to be a reasonable candidate, so she won against a freak. There is opportunity in CA for Republicans, but they are moribund, happy with the crumbs the Dems give to them.

The token candidate last time got 40% of the vote without running a campaign against Brown. There is opportunity!

PattyJ on November 4, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Living close to Kalifornia and in the past having had occasional work duties there, let me say that it will take Moonbeam and the Gimmedats in their legislature to fly the economy into the TREES before any corrections are possible (politically).

Keep in mind the 47% … they live & breed and they vote.

Missilengr on November 4, 2015 at 3:42 PM

The defeat of Sheriff Mirkarimi is certainly good news!

But the more significant result is the apparent election of Progressive Aaron Peskin as a member of the Board of Supervisors for San Francisco’s District 3. (Note: absentee ballots are still being counted in this close race)

Former President of the Board of Supervisors, Aaron Peskin would give the Progressives a 6-5 majority on the Board of Supervisors which will shift San Francisco even further to the left.

You may be familiar with some of the 6 Progressive San Francisco Supervisors:

1) Aaron Peskin – Known as the “Napolean of North Beach”

2) Eric Mar – Take the toys out of Happy Meals!

3) Norman Yee – Who?

4) David Campos – Former two time ILLEGAL alien from Guatemala

5) John Avalos – Former SEIU Organizer

6) Jane Kim – Refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance

Fortunately, there is another election in 2016 and several of these Progressives will be either termed out of office or running for other offices.

The question is who will replace them? San Francisco is going to have a long and bumpy road to the 2016 election.

wren on November 4, 2015 at 3:54 PM

I just think it’s funny that the queer jackass in the Men at Work faux military uniform is out.

Jaibones on November 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM