So yesterday after work I was at getting dressed in the locker room at the Embarcadero YMCA when I heard the dulcet tones of SFGTV star Walter Paulson, who’s also a member, apparently. Anyway, he was working on some of his material for the Ethics Commission hearings on Suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s case.
Unfortunately for Mr. Paulson, Ethics Commission Chair Benedict Hur has reportedly declared that no public comment will be permitted during the consideration of the item before the commission. My fellow Sunshine Ordinance Task Force member Richard Knee pointed out in an open letter to Mr. Hur that this possibly contravenes the Brown Act and the Sunshine Ordinance protections for access to public meetings. Per a follow-up from Mr. Knee, after reviewing the recording, Mr. Hur actually said the opposite! There will be public comment! Meaning the process should remain “completely surreal.”