Mirkarimi and his wife Eliana Lopez were greeted by throngs of supporters at City Hall Tuesday afternoon. Of the hundreds of people who lined up for the opportunity to attend and comment at the meeting, many seemed to be Mirkarimi supporters.
The meeting began promptly at 2 p.m. to a packed chamber and standing room only in two overflow rooms. Ethics Commission President Ben Hurr started things off by explaining how the commission came to the conclusion Mirkarimi was guilty official misconduct. Next, Deputy City Attorney Sherri Kaiser presented the Mayor Ed Lee's case, asking the supervisors to uphold his suspension.
Attorney David Waggoner, who is representing Mirkarimi, spent much of the afternoon sitting in the chambers, listening intently.
Public comment began around 4:30 p.m. Most of the commenters seem to support Mirkarimi being reinstated. Supervisors took a brief recess from the comments before 7 p.m. before resuming to hear the remaining 30 or so commenters.
Removal of Mirkarimi required the vote of at least nine of the 11 supervisors. They voted 7-4 and only three votes were needed for him to keep his job.