Skip to comments.March Madness: Public Officials Behaving Badly Edition
Posted on 03/22/2012 9:43:35 AM PDT by SmithL
Its hard to remember a time when so many public officials in the Bay Area were caught in embarrassing situations or accused of misdeeds at the same time. Indeed, demands for resignations, whether coming from the press or the public, seem to have reached an unprecedented level.
But not every transgression is equal, of course (although many of them are depressing). So in an effort to sort out which public official has behaved the worst, the Express staff decided it was time to do some head-to-head comparisons. And to make it a bit more interesting, we decided to do it in the style of March Madness:
Here are our Elite Eight matchups:
Nadia Lockyer v. Michael Meehan. The Alameda County supervisor versus Berkeleys police chief.
The Deeds: Lockyer reportedly missed nearly half of her board of supes meetings, while having time to visit her meth-head ex-boyfriend in jail and make a sex video for him. She then took her eight-year-old on a late-night rendezvous with said ex, and ended up in drug rehab. Yikes. Meehan screwed up by sending a police spokeswoman to a reporters home late at night to ask for a correction to an erroneous story.
Mitigating Factors: Meehan has reformed Berkeleys police department by cracking down on police misconduct and curtailing costly overtime. Lockyer appears to have a serious illness an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Winner: Lockyer in a walk.
Mary Hayashi v. Chris Magnus. The East Bay Assemblywoman versus Richmonds police chief.
The Deeds: Hayashi pled guilty to shoplifting about $2,500 worth of clothing from Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. Magnus is accused of making racist remarks and discriminating against black cops.
Mitigating Factors: Magnus, perhaps the most progressive police chief in the Bay Area, has reformed Richmonds once troubled police department, and has a strong record of promoting women and officers of color. Hayashis Assembly career has been somewhat unimpressive, although she has been a solid Democratic vote in Sacramento.
Winner: Hayashi is an easy pick. The allegations against Magnus look pretty weak, even if he did display some poor judgment.
David Muhammad v. Desley Brooks. Alameda Countys probation chief versus the Oakland city councilwoman.
The Deeds: Muhammad is accused of sexually assaulting one of his female deputies. Brooks engineered a no-bid deal to build a swanky teen center in her district in apparent violation of Oaklands separation-of-powers law.
Mitigating Factors: Both maintain their innocence, and neither has been charged with a crime. Muhammad has had a successful career working with troubled black youth. And Brooks district really does need a good place for teens to hang out after school.
Winner: Muhammad. The allegations against him are very serious, and if it turns out that hes guilty of sexually assaulting one of his deputies, then he could win the whole tournament.
Ross Mirkarimi v. Jean Quan. San Franciscos sheriff versus Oaklands mayor.
The Deeds: Mirkarimi was charged with spousal abuse and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment. A video, however, clearly shows a nasty bruise on his wifes arm that he inflicted on her on New Years Eve. Quan made serious mistakes with Occupy Oakland and faces a possible recall from office.
Mitigating Factors: Mirkarimi has been a strong progressive in San Francisco, and a stalwart supporter of medical cannabis rights. His wife also maintains that he did nothing wrong. As for Quan, in her first eight months in office she delivered a balanced city budget without devastating cuts to services; got the police union to finally begin paying into its pension plan; rehired some of the laid-off cops; and selected a no-nonsense city administrator, Deanna Santana.
Winner: Mirkarimi, hands down.
Hayashi v. Lockyer. This was a close call, but Hayashi gets the nod because of her criminal conviction.
Mirkarimi v. Muhammad. Although what Muhammad allegedly did was worse, Mirkarimi wins (for now). He has admitted guilt, after all.
Hayashi v. Mirkarimi. These two make the finals because theres no doubt they both broke the law. But Mirkarimi gets our March 2012 Public Official Behaving Badly award, because, from our perspective, domestic abuse outweighs shoplifting on the scales of justice and ethics.
Disagree with our picks? Then tell us what you think in the comments section of this page. Please remember, though, to keep it civil, and use your real name.
For the record, they really don't need to list the political parties for any of these officials. After all, this is from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Yeah, and repeating Democrat Democrat Democrat Democrat over and over sounds so much like piling on.
I've no doubt they'd take the same approach if the party affiliation was different. /s
The consequences of a vice addicted leftist philosophy are being revealed through San Francisco’s experience.
It’s Marx Madness
(yes, I stole that)
She has surprised Botox eyes, with a fixed Botox smile, and she's too young to get them from cosmetic surgery.
Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.
Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.
But the blond looks so cute!
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