Eliana Lopez is heading from her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela to San Franciso to testify at the Ethics Commission on Wednesday evening. Her husband, suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, faces charges of official misconduct after admitting bruising her arm during an argument New Year's Eve and pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. Her attorney, Paula Canny, says Lopez will arrive tonight or tomorrow night -- Canny doesn't want to be more specific to avoid a scene at the airport.
Canny told me the couple's three-year-old son, Theo, is not coming on the trip. When I asked why, Canny cited the cost of the plane ticket. She also expressed concern about exposing Theo to the controversy in San Francisco: "not this madness."
The "Eliana Lopez Legal Expense Fund" has raised $1,850 so far, and that covers the cost of her flight. The fund is remaining open to cover Lopez' legal bills. As the site explains, "The couple's resources are severely diminished as the Sheriff fights for his office and reuniting his family."
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended Sheriff Mirkarimi without pay.