Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Enforcement

The Commission’s Enforcement Division investigates and enforces violations of state and local laws relating to campaign finance, lobbying, conflicts of interest, governmental ethics, and whistleblower protection. The Commission may generally assess penalties of up to $5,000 for each violation, and may sometimes recommend discipline against City officers and employees.

In certain circumstances the Enforcement Division may investigate and enforce violations of state and local laws relating to open government. Here the Commission may generally order individuals to take certain actions or to refrain from taking certain actions.

Most investigations are opened in response to complaints the Division receives, although some may be initiated by the Enforcement 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 adopted Enforcement Regulations that clarify various aspects of the Commission’s enforcement powers and processes, including for example the complaint process, the investigative process, administrative proceedings, and settlement negotiations.

The following pages provide additional information regarding particular aspects of the Commission’s enforcement authority:

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