Domestic Violence Billboard Featuring Mirkarimi Quote to Go Up Next Week

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Tell that Ross!
If ever there were a clear indication of how San Franciscans feel about Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's domestic violence case, this is it. In less than a week, a local domestic violence group was able to rake in the $4,000 it needed for a billboard that will feature Mirkarimi's infamous quote he uttered amid his own domestic violence charges.

La Casa de las Madres, which runs a shelter for domestic violence victims, announced Thursday that it had raised the money, exceeding the $4,000 it needed for the billboard, which will go up next week at 10th and Harrison streets in SOMA.

We told readers earlier this week about plans for the billboard, which will prominently display a reference to Mirkarimi's disturbing quote where he publicly stated that accusations he physically abused his wife, Eliana Lopez, is a "private matter, a family matter."

Here's what the new billboard will say: "Domestic Violence is NEVER a private matter. If you need help, call (877) 503-1850."

After La Casa de las Madres staffers started asking for donations this week, some 95 people stepped up, kicking in $4,025 to the campaign as of Thursday. The group is now working to raise enough money for a second billboard that will feature the same Mirkarimi-inspired message in Spanish.

The billboard will run for two weeks, coming down just as Mirkarimi's trial begins on Feb. 24.

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CitiReport
CitiReport

Could you please provide a citation of Ross saying that domestic violence accusations was a “private matter” because it doesn’t exist. That’s an edited quote that misrepresents what he said, and no report should repeat it without rechecking it. He was responding go questions about what the issue was being disputed between husband and wife, not the issue of domestic violence.

This entire thing has been clearly manipulated by the DA whose record, as the Weekly reported last year, is horrible on domestic violence cases, losing over half plus refusing to charge in more than half the cases referred to it. 

Sfwtrail
Sfwtrail

I imagine you are new to town, Erin, and don’t remember Gavin Newsom saying that domestic violence was a private, family matter when his fire chief faced a police investigation after a 911 call of an assault and child endangerment. 

But you might want to edit your post, since that is easy to do on the web. After all, I don’t think you are helping the issue of domestic violence by tying this to an unproven allegation of domestic violence. 

And just perhaps what Mirkarimi was saying was that the subject of the disagreement was a private, family matter -- and not that domestic violence is. After all, he was one of the strongest supporters of domestic violence programs at the Board. 

But you probably never followed domestic violence issues until it hit your political hot button.

Pity. Women and men both could have used more attention to this issue before now.

Roaminsf
Roaminsf

Once again illustrating the profoundly political nature of this prosecution.

""This is a personal matter," Newsom said. "My heart goes out to her kids in particular. This is a family matter, which is never easy, only difficult, and I wish her the absolute best.''

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/...

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

I love it when the professional left is at'loggerheads' with itself..Classic "cir-cular firing squad"...This will eventuallybenefit the more law abiding , hardworking S.F. citizen over those whowant 'Smart [soft] On Crime' style law'un'enforcement..It's all good...

Guest
Guest

 Politicizing this matter by "Domestic Violence" groups does the real victims a disservice. Because it turns people off making them question the whole thing. You might "get" Mirkarimi but will make a dangerous precedent. Now anyone may use this to reserve and election. Before long DV becomes another tool of politics. With people not knowing if they should believe any of it.

Anonymous Guest
Anonymous Guest

This is a personal matter ... this is a family matter, which is never easy, only difficult."-Gavin Newsom, regarding the fire chief's domestic violence complaints

Mirkarimi was plainly quoting Newsom. But strangely, no  billboard when up when a sitting mayor said those words.

No, there aren't any political motives. No double standard. Nothing to see here. Move along.

SheilaDane
SheilaDane

"Mirkarimi was plainly quoting Newsom." Ha! Plainly, he was worried that his wife would take the matter outside his home -- a common worry among wife batterers.

When will you people wake up to the fact that this isn't a conspiracy against the sheriff. He is a beast and he has no business serving in public office.

coppersmom
coppersmom

paid for by the cunnie campaign?

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