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  Mirkarimi, Ross
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<-  2011-05-01  
 
NameRoss Mirkarimi
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San Francisco, California , United States
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Born August 04, 1961 (60 years)
ContributorPatrick
Last ModifedHikikomori Blitzkrieg!
Mar 20, 2012 11:01pm
Tags Iranian - Jewish - Married - Military Reserve - Navy - Convicted - Straight -
InfoRoss Mirkarimi is a progressive district supervisor on the Board of Supervisors at City Hall in San Francisco, California. He was elected in 2004 to represent the city's fifth district. This district covers the Haight-Ashbury, Haight-Ashbury, parts of Hayes Valley, Western Addition, Alamo Square and a portion of the Inner Sunset neighborhoods. Mirkarimi co-founded the California chapter of the Green Party.

Mirkarimi ran against and defeated the 21 other candidates to replace former supervisor Matt Gonzalez, who endorsed him. The race included two candidates endorsed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, Nick Waugh and Andrew Sullivan. Under Instant Run-off voting, Mirkarimi finished with 28% of the first round vote but nevertheless won the election after multiple rounds of elimination.

On the Board of Supervisors, Mirkarimi is a member of the Transportation Authority, vice-chair of the Rules Committee, chair of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), and vice-chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. He also serves on the following Boards and Committees: Association of Bay Area Government Executive Board (ABAG), Association of Bay Area Governments-Finance Authority, Children and Families First Commission, Disaster Council, and Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).

As a supervisor, Mirkarimi has made a name for himself by spearheading efforts to regulate medical marijuana clubs in San Francisco. He proposed the city should charge license fees for operating the clubs, prohibit the sale of alcohol in the clubs, and require that residents within 300 feet of clubs be notified before a new club opens. In addition, Mirkarimi has led the effort to create a more effective community policing model for San Francisco. He is the latest of many politicians to endeavor to get San Francisco its own city-owned utilities district (a ballot initative he campaigned for which would have given San Francisco a municipally-owned utility lost in 2001).

Besides co-founding California's Green Party in 1991, Mirkarimi coordinated Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign in California.

Mirkarimi has also been involved in these civic and community service activities: Director for SF Nuclear Freeze Zone Coalition, union negotiator for DAI Association union, member of the IFPTE Local 2, member of the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club, member of the Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce, environmental analyst for the Harvard Study Team (Iraq) Bayview Hunters Point, Calfornia Base Closures, and member of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Mirkarimi's ethnic and cultural background is Iranian and Russian-American. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Rhode Island. He has a Bachelor's degree in political science from St. Louis University, a Master's degree in international economics and affairs from Golden Gate University, and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of San Francisco. He has lived in San Francisco since 1984.

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Mar 20, 2012 10:00pm News San Francisco Mayor Lee suspends embattled Sheriff Mirkarimi  Article Hikikomori Blitzkrieg! 
Jan 19, 2012 10:00pm General SF sheriff pleads not guilty to domestic violence  Article Takahe 

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San Francisco Mayor - Acting - Jan 04, 2011 D Arthur C. "Art" Agnos
Proposition D - Right of Non-Citizens to Vote in San Francisco School Board elections - Nov 02, 2010 YES Yes
Proposition 19 - Legalizes Marijuana Under California but not Federal Law - Nov 02, 2010 YES Yes
SF Board of Supervisors - District 1 - Nov 04, 2008 D Eric Mar
SF Board of Supervisors - District 3 - Nov 04, 2008 D David Chiu
SF Board of Supervisors - District 3 - Nov 04, 2008 D David Chiu
CA - District 08 - Nov 04, 2008 PFP Cindy Sheehan
San Francisco Mayor - Nov 06, 2007 N Quintin Mecke
Oakland Mayor - Jun 06, 2006 N Nancy Nadel