Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco


The Commission’s Enforcement Division investigates and enforces violations of state and local laws relating to campaigns, lobbyists, conflicts of interest, and open government, which are generally subject to fines of up to $5,000 for each violation.

Most investigations are opened in response to complaints, although some may be initiated by the Executive Director. Any member of the public may file a complaint with the Ethics Commission. The Enforcement Division strives to handle each complaint in a fair, effective and efficient manner.

The Commission also investigates allegations of retaliation against certain City employees and officers who file complaints of improper governmental activities by City employees and officers (i.e., whistleblowers).

The Commission hears matters concerning violations of the City’s public records and open government laws, which are codified in the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance (Admin. Code Chapter 67).

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