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How should Mayor Lee handle Ross Mirkarimi?

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San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi continues to be in hot water as the City of San Francisco determines whether or not he should lose his job. Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi on March 20, after he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment. The charge is connection with a New Year’s Eve incident in which he grabbed his wife's arm during an argument, causing a bruise. 

The City’s Ethics Commission began hearings on the case this week and San Francisco Mayor Lee has said he would testify if needed. KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with San Francisco Examiner’s Melissa Griffin to learn what the case means for the City.

Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.