The Executive Director must process and review all formal complaints. S/he has no obligation, but has the discretion, to process and review informal complaints.
Anyone may file a formal complaint by completing and submitting a formal complaint form.
- The complaint must contain the following information:
- The name of the person you think committed the violation (the respondent)
- The address of the respondent
- The law you believe is violated
- The facts that constitute the violation
- The names and addresses of any witnesses
- The identity of physical evidence showing the facts of the violation
- Formal complaints may be filed anonymously. However, complaints that are not anonymous must be signed and verified under the penalty of perjury in order to be handled as a formal complaint.
- A formal complaint is confidential to the extent permitted by State law. However, a complaint may be disclosed as necessary to conduct the investigation.
- If you have any questions regarding the information required by the complaint form, please contact the Commission. Discussing your complaint with Commission staff will often expedite its processing and review.
If you do not wish to file a formal complaint, you may choose to make an informal complaint. Informal complaints may be filed by contacting the Commission at 415-252-3100; sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; sending a facsimile to 415-252-3112; or meeting with Commission staff in person. However, please note that the Commission is not obligated to investigate an informal complaint.
If the Ethics Commission is not the appropriate agency to investigate the matter, the complaint may be referred to the appropriate agency.