Eliana Lopez

What is the Scandal, Mr. Lie?

KPFA Evening News, 09.05.2015

Eliana Lopez in her own words on what really happened. 

Conway smears Campos, hides behind Mirkarimi

KPFA Evening News, 05.17.2014

Billionaire San Francisco tech investor Ron Conway wants to see Supervisor David Chiu, not Supervisor David Campos, become California's next 17th District Assemblyman.He's even reviving his 2012 smear campaign against Christina Olague for voting to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi - this time against David Campos.   


San Francisco Supervisors David Chiu, left, and David Campos,right, are vying for the 17th District California State Assembly Seat being vacated by Tom Ammiano.

Case dismissed against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and wife Eliana Lopez

KPFA Evening News, 03.16.2013


KPFA Evening News Anchor Cameron Jones: A defamation lawsuit against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez, filed by their neighbors, Ivory Madison and her husband Abraham Mertens, was dismissed without prejudice yesterday, according to San Francisco Superior Court records. KPFA's Ann Garrison has the story.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: In January, Ivory Madison and Abraham Mertens filed a lawsuit, arguing that San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife Eliana Lopez had falsely accused them of conspiracy, practicing law without a license, submitting false statements to police, and perjury. Lopez had confided in Madison after a New Year’s Eve 2011 argument with her husband, during which he had grabbed hold of her arm, causing a bruise. Madison videotaped the conversation with Lopez’s consent, but then called the police against her wishes.
Madison and Mertens claimed that the defamation occurred during the ensuing nine month legal proceeding that ended in Mirkarimi’s reinstatement as San Francisco’s elected Sheriff.
Eliana Lopez had this to say about the the case's dismissal in San Francisco Superior Court:  
Eliana Lopez: Well, I think the City is tired of this, and this is a good thing for San Francisco, and I think everybody needs to move forward.
KPFA: Lopez also said that her family is stronger than ever: 

Eliana Lopez: We are doing great. We are stronger than ever before, and we are happy to be together.
KPFA: For Pacifica, KPFA Radio, I'm Ann Garrison.


Agnos gets hate calls re Mirkarimi, says San Francisco is tense and toxic

Mirkarimi attorneys request and file sworn declarations at San Francisco Board

KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will review the findings of the San Francisco Ethics Commission in the case ofSan Francisco Board of Supervisors' Chambers  suspended Sheriff Ross ​Mirkarimi on October 9th. This week Mirkarimi’s attorneys filed a legal brief in which they asked that each of the 11 Supervisors either sign a sworn statement that they have not discussed the case with Mayor Ed Lee, or recuse themselves from voting to reinstate or remove him. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi, then brought charges of official misconduct against him after Mirkarimi pled guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a New Year’s Eve argument with his wife Eliana Lopez, who has stood by his side, adamantly insisting that he did not abuse her and that he has been the target of a political witch hunt, as the first progressive to win executive office in many years in San Francisco,   

Suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, left, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, right.

Neither of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s attorneys, Shepard Kopp and David Waggoner, were available to explain why they have asked that each of the 11 Supervisors sign a sworn statement that they have not spoken to Ed Lee about this case, but Mirkarimi himself explained the basic rules of both criminal and civil court which they have asked this administrative court, in which the Supervisors are both judge and jury, to abide by as well.  

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi: The prosecuting attorney is not supposed to speak with the judge or the jury panel about any case that they are prosecuting, and in this case, that potential violation has been percolating for quite some time. And the action that we're taking is a very reasonable action to make sure that there is not any undue or unfair bias in the proceeding by the Board of Supervisors in rendering a decision on our case.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Mayor Lee is not only a lawyer but also the official Prosecuting Attorney on the case. He, not City Attorney Dennis Herrera, signed the charges of official misconduct.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, center, and his attorneys Shepard Kopp, left, and David Waggoner, right. Photo: SF Chronicle

Should the Board of Supervisors fail to abide by fundamental rules that are widely accepted throughout the American judicial system, and should they at the same time vote to remove Mirkarimi, that could strengthen any legal action that Mirkarimi might then take to San Francisco Superior Court should the Board vote to remove him on October 9th.  

Yesterday the San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board published their opinion that the Board should indeed sign sworn statements  that they have not spoken to Mayor Lee or recuse themselves.

Mirkarimi attorneys Shepard Kopp and David Waggoner have also filed declarations signed by San Francisco Building Commissioner Debra Walker and former President of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin, in which they give evidence that Mayor Lee perjured himself while testifying in the case before the Ethics Commission.  

For Pacifica, KPFA Radio, I’m Ann Garrison.




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